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Redding Police Identify 6 Teens Seriously Injured In Fiery Crash

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Redding Police Photo Credit: File
The accident occurred on Route 107 near Umpawaug Road in Redding.
The accident occurred on Route 107 near Umpawaug Road in Redding. Photo Credit: Google Maps

REDDING, Conn. — Redding police have identified the six teenagers who were injured in a fiery crash early Friday evening on Route 107, according to the Redding Pilot and police.

The teenagers, who were all “critically and seriously injured,” are, according to the Pilot:

  • Thomas Bull, 18, of Fairfield,
  • Ryan Capozziello, 18, of Fairfield,
  • Grant Ciccarello, 16 of Redding,
  • Ryan Gombos, 16, of Easton,
  • Allison Loder, 17, of Easton, and
  • Janelle Pompea, 16, of Redding.

The two Easton and two Redding teenagers attend Joel Barlow High School, school officials said.

One teen from Fairfield attends Warde High School and the other attends a private school, Fairfield police said. One Fairfield teen is at Bridgeport Hospital, and the other is at Yale-New Haven Hospital, police said.

Police did not give details on the other four teens, but all remain hospitalized Monday, police said.

Redding police did not release details of the crash, which occurred on Route 107 near Umpawaug Road. The road was closed for six hours after the 5:45 p.m. accident, and the investigation is ongoing.

Redding Police Chief Doug Fuchs told the Pilot that it could take months to determine what led to the crash.

RELATED STORY: 6 Teens Hospitalized After 'Very Serious Accident' On Route 107 In Redding

Redding officials called it a "very serious car accident."  A Jeep Liberty lost control, struck a tree and caught fire, according to News12 Connecticut.

One passenger was ejected during the crash, the Redding Pilot said. A group of passersby pulled the others out of the Jeep before first responders arrived, the Pilot said.

Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton said the town's selectmen were notified of a "very serious car accident" on the Georgetown side of Redding and received updates from Fuchs.

Pemberton urged residents to "refrain from speculation on social media."

"In our closely knit communities many of you will have personal knowledge of those involved," she said. "Let's focus our energy on thoughts and prayers for the individuals involved in the accident and their families. Keep those prayers going!”

Pemberton also thanked the first responders "who worked quickly to provide care to those in need."

First responders included members of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, Redding Fire & EMS Company #1, West Redding Volunteer Fire Department and the Redding Police Department.

Click here to read the story at the Redding Pilot website.

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