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Bridgeport: Driver thrown from car that rolled several times after hitting building

November 22, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — A person was taken from the site of a one-car crash with possibly life-threatening injuries after crashing into the Webster Bank Arena building Thursday afternoon.

The call came in shortly after 2 p.m. And then the calls kept coming; the dispatcher indicated at least seven 911 calls were made.

A person driving down Main Street at, “a tremendous amount of speed,” crashed into the Webster Bank Arena at 600 Main St, said Assistant Fire Chief Michael Caldaroni. After hitting the building, he said, the car rolled over several times.

“The party was thrown from the vehicle and then trapped under the vehicle,” Caldaroni said. “When we got here, the vehicle was on fire.”

Firefighters were able to get the blaze out quickly.

Garbage from a bin that was hit during the crash was scattered across the front entrance-way to the arena. Among the items of garbage were pieces of glass from two doors shattered by the crash and bricks knocked off the building from the crash impact.

“The building is structurally sound, but there is obviously a lot of damage,” Caldaroni said. “It was a pretty bad situation.”

Security working in the arena at the time of the crash called in some additional arena personnel to help with the cleanup efforts.

Police had called in the fatal crash investigative team, Caldaroni said, and the investigation into the crash is expected to last hours. The fatal team is called in for any serious crash to investigate. There was no immediate word on the driver’s condition.

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