NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)–One person is dead and a Newington police officer is injured after a crash that closed the Berlin Turnpike on Monday morning.
Police said that a Newington officer was responding to an emergency call at around 7:05 a.m. when they were struck by a car that ran a red light near the turnpike’s intersection with Deming Street.
Witnesses said they heard the car’s exhaust pipes revving, and then saw the car speed through the intersection, where it was T-boned by the officer’s SUV. The officer had the green light, and was going lights and sirens, according to the witnesses.
The driver was killed behind the wheel. The officer was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“It was just boom, it lifted the car up a little bit. The police car went forward, and that car spun around,” a witness, who did not want to be identified, said. “I got out right away and went over to the officer’s car. She was shook up, but she was alright.”
The witness said he was sitting at a red light at the intersection when the car sped into the SUV. He said that there was another car next to him, and so the car went into oncoming traffic to run the red light.
“He didn’t slow down. Nope. The muffler was loud, I heard him coming, and I could see the policeman coming,” the witness said. “I said, this isn’t good. And bang.”
The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Police ask drivers to avoid the area while they investigate the accident.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Newington Police at 860-666-8445.