Three people were taken to the hospital after a driver fleeing from police caused a three-vehicle crash on the Arrigoni Bridge on Wednesday night, according to Middletown police.
Police said a Middletown police officer was trying to stop a white Mercedes Benz for a traffic violation at Main Street at Hartford Avenue just after 8 p.m. and the driver fled as the officer approached the window of the car.
The fleeing driver ran a red light, just missing cross traffic heading toward the Arrigoni Bridge, police said.
The officer got back in his car and followed.
When he was approaching the Arrigoni Bridge, he saw a three-vehicle crash involving the white Mercedes Benz, according to police.
Police said the preliminary investigation revealed that the 2009 Mercedes Benz entered the approach to the Arrigoni Bridge, went into the center median, hit the guardrail, then struck a 2017 Nissan Murano that was traveling west on the bridge, then a 2006 Ford Taurus that was also traveling west on the bridge. All three vehicles had severe damage.
The driver of the Mercedes Benz was treated at the scene and transported to Hartford Hospital. Police have not released the driver’s name.
The drivers of the Nissan Murano and the Ford Taurus were also treated at scene and transported to area hospitals for further treatment.
Police are investigating the crash and they are asking witnesses to call Officer Passacantdo at 860-638-4063.