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Two hospitalized after car slams into Meriden home

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An SUV slammed into a home on Wall and Broad Streets in Meriden Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo) An SUV slammed into a home on Wall and Broad Streets in Meriden Tuesday morning. (WFSB photo)
(WFSB photo) (WFSB photo)

Residents were inside a Meriden home when police said a SUV slammed into the building and left two people seriously injured on Tuesday morning. 

The crash happened at the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets just before 8 a.m.

"Upon arriving to the scene, you could see extensive damage to the scene [and] extensive damage to the vehicle," said Sgt. Darrin McKay, Meriden police.

McKay said there was a 56-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman inside of the vehicle. The 56-year-old man was the driver.

The unidentified male driver was flown by the Life Star emergency helicopter to the hospital where police said his condition was "dire." The woman was also transported to the hospital by ambulance for what's believed to be serious injuries.

"Nobody inside the home was injured," McKay said.

Police said the driver somehow lost control in what may have been a medical emergency and drove directly into the house. He never braked and just collided with the home, according to police. 

Wall Street was closed for the investigation, according to police.

Utilities to the building have been shut off, according to police.

"We're going to have this section of [Wall Street] shut down for a while," McKay said. "Eversource is doing what they have to do. The fire department is assessing things and representatives from the city will be coming out."

See photos of the damage here.

Officials said that the house has been shifted off its foundation. They said the Meriden Fire Department may condemn it.

However, McKay said the damage to the back of the home was worse than the front.

"I woke up by bouncing out of my bed. The Windows turned sideways and the walls were torn apart. I couldn't get out of my bedroom, so I called 911 and was told that a car had come through the house," Georgianna Stockton, who was inside the home during crash, said. "So, I had to climb over a shelf to get out of the bedroom. And I looked out into the living room and they were pulling the body out of the car. I'm not sure if he's alive or not."

Most of the people living in the home were at work, but two residents including Stockton were inside at the time of the crash. Five families live in the home, but police had no information about the exact number of people who are affected.

"Currently, the home is going to be closed off and families are going to be displaced because of the structure damage in the home," McKay said.

The American Red Cross has been brought in to help the families.

Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

"Early speculation, and again it's just speculation, is that when you see the type of accident that we've got here right now, it's certainly possible that we're looking that perhaps the driver of the vehicle was experiencing some kind of medical issue," McKay said. "But again, it's way too early in the investigation to determine that."

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