A 5-month-old baby girl has died and an 11-month-old is in critical condition after being injured in a two-car collision on Spencer Street in Manchester yesterday, authorities said.
The children had to be extricated after the car they were riding in rolled over and hit a telephone pole, according to fire officials.
Police said the car was headed north on Hillstown Road and collided with another vehicle traveling west on Spencer Street. It happened around 1:20 p.m. Thursday.
One of the drivers was a 17-year-old girl. Police said she was given a sobriety test to determine wether she had been drinking prior to the crash. The test results have not been released.
"This was an operator error in some regards that caused the accident, and right now our efforts are to determine what those may have been," said Manchester Police Capt. Christopher Davis.
Davis said that that police haven't ruled out any possible causes of the accident, and that texting or speeding may have been a factor.
Davis said that both children, who were properly strapped into car seats, were taken to Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
Two women were also inside the car, but managed to free themselves, according to police.
Authorities said neither driver was injured and that both are cooperating with police.
The exit 1 off-ramp from Interstate 384 west and the Hillstown Road entrance to Manchester Community College were shut down after the crash, officials said.
An accident reconstruction team arrived at the scene to investigate.
Police are asking witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Manchester Police Officer Aaron Calkins at 860-645-5560.