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Two Tragic Events Hit Somers CT in Less Than A Week

SOMERS, CT. (WGGB) — Tragedy strikes a neighboring Connecticut community for the second time in less than a week.

A 62 year-old man died after getting stuck in a well on Hampden Road. The accident comes just days after 8 year old Aidin-Paul Hannan died from injuries from a bike crash Monday afternoon.

The man fell into the well Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.  It took crews hours to remove the man from the well. Officials say unstable ground, a 60,000 pound rig overhead and water in the hole made the rescue difficult.

“They really couldn’t see him. He was underwater it was a mix of water kind of chocolate looking slush and they were unable to hold him until Enfield special operations got on scene,” said Frank Falcone, Somers Deputy Fire Chief.

The man was pulled from the hole just before 5 o’clock Wednesday and pronounced dead on scene. His name is not being released pending family notification. The accident remains under investigation.

Meantime, Wednesday night Somers residents were reacting to this latest tragic event.

“Things like that don’t happen around here so you know when you hear about that like that. Prayers go out to the family its all you can really think about,” said Bill LeBlanc.

“It’s sad to watch it’s hard to tell the kid you know when you have younger kids what’s going on,” said Stacey Colltan.

As word spread around Somers about the second tragic accident the community is already coming together for the family of Aidin-Paul Hannan. A bake sale is set for this weekend to raise money to offset Hannan’s funeral costs.

The bake sale is at the Somers Farmers Market both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations can also be made at Rockville Savings Bank.

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