Fire crews work to extricate the driver of an SUV that flipped over on Hanover Road Thursday morning. (Lauren Sievert|Record-Journal)

Woman injured after car flipped trying to swerve around backhoe in Meriden

MERIDEN — A section of Hanover Road near Parkview Street was closed Thursday after a sport utility vehicle flipped while trying to pass a city sewer department backhoe.

The woman driving the Toyota SUV told authorities she tried to swerve around a backhoe driving down Hanover Road, said Assistant Fire Chief Robert Burdick. Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle. The driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to the hospital but did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, Burdick said. There were no passengers. The accident occurred around 8 a.m.

The backhoe was driven by a Meriden Sewer Department employee, who did not want to give his name. The employee said after the SUV swerved around the backhoe, it tried to get back in the lane because of oncoming traffic. A tire clipped the backhoe’s front bucket and came off, causing the vehicle to overturn, he said.

Crews found the tire that was pulled off under the bumper of a nearby parked car, Burdick said. (203) 317-2225 Twitter: @LaurenSievertRJ

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