Driver in serious condition after car struck two utility poles in Meriden; Part of Route 5 closed

New Haven

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Police are investigating after a car crashed into two utility poles leaving one person in serious condition Saturday morning.

At approximately 5:26 a.m., a blue Toyota Corolla was traveling south on Broad Street near Ann Street at a high rate of speed when the vehicle lost control striking two telephone poles.

Both utility poles broke, and one went through the front window of 146 Broad Street.

The operator of the vehicle is identified as Franklin Ortiz.

Police report Ortiz was unconscious when medical personnel arrived on the scene. Ortiz was trapped with an electrical wire laying across the car, according to police.

Meriden fire personnel extricated Ortiz out of his vehicle. Ortiz was transported by Hunters Ambulance to Hartford Hospital and is currently listed in serious but stable condition.

Broad Street (Route 5) between Ann St. and Hall Ave will be shut down until at least 6:00 p.m. as utility crews make repairs.

Police report that detours have been made to allow traffic to travel northbound and southbound around this section of Broad Street.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call Meriden Police Department at 203-630-6201.

Stay with WTNH.com and the News 8 app as more information becomes available.

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