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2 killed in horrific New Haven crash

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Two people were killed during a crash in New Haven Thursday morning that crippled the morning commute and continues to cause traffic issues for evening travelers.

New Haven police and firefighters rushed to the Mobil Gas Station at the Amity Road (Route 63) and Whalley Avenue (Route 69) split around 5 a.m. after people reported hearing a loud boom.

According to New Haven police, a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, which was registered in Ansonia, was occupied by three men and had been traveling westbound on Whalley Avenue when the driver failed to negotiate a turn onto either road and hit the curb, which sent the car airborne at least 40 feet into the gas station.

"The car launched itself into the canopy that sits above the fuel tanks above the Mobil gas station," said Officer David Hartmann of the New Haven Police Department.

Police said two people in the car were killed, and the third man was ejected from the vehicle and was found by rescuers.

The two people that died were so badly injured that they couldn't be identified immediately. Both are believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s.

The third man walked to a nearby parking lot and was brought to Yale-New Haven hospital, where he was conscious and alert. His identity was not released at this time.

A few inches were the difference, which prevented it from turning into a massive explosion.

"I'm sure if the pumps were hit, it would have been different story," said Assistant Police Chief Achilles Generoso.

There was a minimal amount of fluid that was spilled, and firefighters were able to use an absorbent material to remove it from the pavement.

Police told Eyewitness News that they can already determine speed was a factor.

A building inspector was called to the scene and inspected the overhang structure.

As of 3 p.m. Route 63 at Fowler Road is still closed. The traffic is still hindered because of the investigation, so motorists are asked to seek an alternate route.

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