UPDATE 11:30 AM
BRIDGEPORT – A man and a woman are dead and a third person is in critical condition following a high-speed automobile crash on Madison Avenue near Queen Street shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday.
The identities of the two people who died were not immediately available. Police spokesman William Kaempffer said he didn’t believe IDs will be released until Monday.
Police said that preliminary investigation indicates the white Buick Century was traveling north on Madison Avenue near Burnsford Avenue when it illegally passed another car on the right, striking the right side mirror of that car.
The Buick then lost control, crossed into the southbound lane, collided with a snowbank and went airborne. The vehicle came to rest on its top and the victims had to be extricated by the fire department. It took fire crews more than an hour to free one of the victims.
Police said speed is being investigated as a factor.
The man was pronounced dead at the hospital and the woman later died from her injuries. A third occupant, a male, remains in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The surviving man was originally taken to Bridgeport Hospital and later transfered to Yale-New Haven.
The accident is under investigation.