Lifeguards Race to Help Victims of East Hartford Crash

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014  |  Updated 6:41 PM EDT
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Witnesses say the driver of a car speeding down High Street lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a parked car sending that car into a neighbor's house.  The driver and two passengers remain hospitalized.

Nader Abu-Rabei

Witnesses say the driver of a car speeding down High Street lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a parked car sending that car into a neighbor's house. The driver and two passengers remain hospitalized.

Lifeguards were the first to arrive at the scene of a crash across the street from a public pool in East Hartford on Wednesday morning and help the people who were injured, according to police.

Police said a woman in her 20s was driving when she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a parked car, causing it to spin and strike a home at 310 High Street in East Hartford.

The car came to a stop in the bedroom of a home. Fortunately, no one was there at the time of the crash.

"No one was home at the time of the accident, so no one was hurt actually inside the house," said Sgt. Mike DeMaine of the East Hartford Police Department.

The scene was across the street from the East Hartford Public Pool. Lifeguards were first at the scene and administered first aid to the victims until medical personnel arrived.

Witnesses said the car seemed to be traveling fast – too fast.

"Speed was definitely a factor," said Stuart Sevene, who saw the crash from across the street. "They had to be going over 80-100 [mph]."

When emergency crews arrived, they had to cut the driver out of the car.

"I believe they had to remove the roof of the vehicle to get her out," DeMaine said.

The driver and two passengers, who are all from East Hartford, were taken to the hospital. They are between 18 and 21 years old and are all in stable condition, according to the mayor.

"Two kids jumped out and started to run away, and one of them dropped to the ground almost fell unconscious," Sevene said.

The building inspector has been called to determine the structural integrity of the building.

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