NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A car crash killed two and destroyed a gas station in New Haven.
Police say a car crashed into a gas station at the intersection of routes 63 and 69 at a high rate of speed.
Twelve hours after this accident happened and the road is still closed. The bodies of two men were just removed from the car Thursday afternoon. It's been a long day for investigators but it could still be quite some time before they know exactly why these men were speeding down the street.
A car hit the curb, launched into the air, and flies 90 feet before hitting the canopy at a mobile station. Police say it happened Thursday morning on Whalley Avenue in New Haven.
Now, two men are dead and another is in the hospital.
"This is one of the most tragic accidents we've seen in quite a while in New haven," said Officer David Hartman, New Haven police.
Police say the call came in just after 5 A.M., miraculously one man was able to walk away from the scene.
"The person who was injured was found actually in a parking lot walking around with some facial injuries, but otherwise nothing life threatening and not that serious," said Hartman.
For hours, the road remained closed as investigators took measurements, trying to reconstruct what happened.
Police say while the loss of two lives is tragic, the situation could have been worse.
"It looks like the car actually struck the overhead, which then toppled and kind of went over the pumps. But all service stations have emergency shut off valves, that in this case certainly worked and there was no explosion, there was no fire," said Hartman.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Two people are dead after a car crashed into a gas station in New Haven early Thursday, police said. Speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.
It happened at the Amity Mobil between Route 63 and Route 69 in New Haven just after 5:00 a.m.
"The operator failed to negotiate a turn... struck the curb and crashed through the gas station," New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman said in a statement.
"They really had to have been flying, to cause that kind of damage," said Larry Greene.
The impact knocked down part of the structure, but did not trigger a fire or explosion.
Police said the two who died are men believed to be in their 20s. A third person was ejected from the vehicle. He was found walking around at the scene, and was taken to the hospital.
"I heard one got out, he's at the hospital. It's sad, really sad," said Greene.
"An initial report from the department's crash investigation team, and one supported by witnesses, indicate the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed," Hartman said.
The station, at the busy intersection of Amity Road and Whalley Avenue in New Haven, had just reopened after renovations.
"The gas station was closed for the last three or four months. They just opened up about a week ago," said Matt Corvi.
One nearby resident told News 8 he sees cars racing through the area all the time. Another man who works nearby says that is the early speculation.
"They said the car went airborne and they hit the stanchion. From what I understand he was doing over 100 miles per hour," Corvi said.
The names of the victims have not been released. The car, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, is registered in Ansonia.
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