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Crews Recover Body from Vehicle in Farmington River

January 7, 2015 Farmington River, Fire, Outdoors, Police No Comments
Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

State Police have confirmed that one person is dead following an incident in Barkhamsted in which a car plunged into the Farmington River on Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer firefighters and numerous crews from around the area, along with state police, responded to West River Road shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, where a car had gone down a short, but steep embankment into the river.

Crews spent a long time at the scene, accessing the car and eventually pulling a covered body from the car.

West River Road was slated to be closed for some time.

State Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed that there was a fatality in the incident. According to Fox Connecticut and other news sources, the deceased was identified Kenneth Gibb, 46, of Barkhamsted.

A dog that was in the car was transported to a local animal hospital but Grant said initial reports did not specify that the animal was necessarily injured, just that it was transported.

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Crews at the scene Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

Crews at the scene Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

n engine and crew from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department was called to New Hartford during the incident to provide back-up emergency coverage in the area, should it have been needed.

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