911 Tape Of Griswold Crash Released

The Hartford Courant

The man who reported the crash last month that killed four teens and severely injured a fifth called 911 to report a grisly scene.

"There's a car on fire," the man reported to the state police, speaking fast but clearly. "It's flipped over. There's a bunch of bodies in this car, too, man."

The man's words are on a recording of a 30-second 911 call released by the state police Monday. The investigation of the crash continues, Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

"There's no way to put a time frame on it," he said. "It's a very extensive case."

The 911 call came in about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 from a country road, Route 201.

The teens were in a 2007 Nissan Altima that had failed to negotiate a slight, elevated curve, lost control and crashed head-on into trees, state police said.

Pronounced dead at the scene were Dillon Clifford, 16; Sativa Cornell, 16; and Steven Szklarz, 15. John Clapper, 16, was taken to William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, where he died.

The only survivor was Joel Gallup, 16, who spent weeks in critical condition after the crash. His condition was upgraded, and on Dec. 29 he was transferred to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford for long-term rehabilitation.

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