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Troopers say dogs caused Mini Cooper crash in Westport

January 23, 2019

WESTPORT — A man was treated for minor injuries after a crash that State Police say was caused by dogs in his car Wednesday morning on Interstate 95.

The driver of a Mini Cooper was driving north, about 50 feet south of exit 19 in Westport, when he lost control, police said.

“Evidently the operator’s two dogs, which were in the vehicle at the time, knocked into him, causing him to turn the wheel to the right, striking and going through the wire rope guard rail, and striking a tree approximately 5 feet past the guard rail,” Trooper Tanya Compagnone said in an email.

“After striking the tree, he veered back to the left where it re-entered the roadway, and came to an uncontrolled final rest facing Northwest,” Compagnone said.

While the Mini Cooper sat partially blocking the right lane, some other motorists stopped and appeared to be phoning for help at about 9:20 a.m.

The driver’s identity could not be released until an accident report is completed, Compagnone said.

“The operator sustained a minor facial injury, and was transported to the hospital, by American Medical Response (AMR), for further evaluation/treatment,” the trooper said. “He was issued a verbal warning for violation of CGS 14-236, Failure to Maintain Proper Lane.”

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