NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A section of Forbes Avenue in New Haven has reopened following a fiery crash that happened Thursday afternoon. That accident may have been caused by two cars traveling at a high rate of speed.
Police are investigating whether they may have been racing in the area.
"They said don't leave us here, don't leave us here, so we pulled them away from the truck. We thought it was going to blow up," said Mark Buono, a good Samaritan.
Good Samaritans helped get two young people, the driver and a passenger, away from the car that went underneath a gasoline tanker and caught fire Thursday afternoon in New Haven.
It happened around 3 PM on the Tomlinson Lift Bridge on Forbes Avenue.
Bob Thomas was working on the Quinnipiac Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge when he heard the crash.
"We heard some skidding, a car went under the back of the tanker truck loaded with gasoline, and a couple of fellas ran over there to check on the guys, got them away, because there was a fire underneath there. I grabbed a fire extinguisher and put the fire out," said Thomas.
"Like I said, I tried to comfort them and tell them to breathe, that help was on the way and not to move, because they got banged up pretty bad," said Simmie Quick, a good Samaritan.
Authorities say two cars were traveling at a high rate of speed, possibly racing over the bridge when one of the drivers slammed into the tanker.
The driver of the second car, in a black Mercedes took off.
The accident shut down the road into Thursday evening. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to the scene, but found no spill.
At the time of the crash the tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline that was transferred off the tanker and taken away from the area.
Two people are hospitalized and the injuries are said not to be serious.
Police are still looking for the black Mercedes that fled the scene.
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