Three people have been killed in a serious early morning crash in Danbury.
According to Mayor Mark Boughton, the accident occurred on Mill Plain Road.
Danbury police said the accident happened shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday and Mill Plain Road, which is also known as Route 202, is closed in both directions and expected to be for several hours.
Boughton said three people were killed in the crash which appears to have been the result of a pursuit that began in New York state. The pursuing officer, a Putnam County, NY Sheriff was breaking off his pursuit after crossing the state line, however, officials said the vehicle continued a high-rate of speed, losing control and crashing.
Boughton said the vehicle involved had Connecticut plates and was carrying five people at the time of the crash.
Police said there were three males and two females in the car at the time of the crash. The three males were all pronounced dead at the scene. The two females were taken to Danbury Hospital where one is listed in critical condition and the other is hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The pursuit began in the boarder town of Brewster, New York, police said. A Putnam County Sheriff attempted to pull the vehicle over when it was seen swerving. Officials believe the driver was intoxicated.
"Good, common sense says if the police initiate emergency lighting behind your vehicle, you should pull over to the safe part of the road and stop," said Lieutenant Joseph Lerose.
The pursuing sheriff was taken to an area hospital for observation but is expected to be okay, according to Boughton.
WFSB has a crew heading to the scene and will update you as information comes into our newsroom.
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