Five Sacred Heart University students and a rideshare driver were injured in a two-car crash near Sacred Heart University in Fairfield early Friday morning, according to police.
Police said four of the people have critical injuries and two are in stable condition.
Police said they received several 911 calls around 12:04 a.m. about the crash on Jefferson Street, near Sacred Heart University’s Martire Building.
Fairfield police officers who responded found two vehicles, an Audi and a Toyota Corolla, that had been involved in the collision and one of the cars was on its roof.
A male Sacred Heart University student was in the 2018 black Audi that flipped over, police said. They said he was the only person in the car. Police said he is critical condition at St. Vincent’s Medical Center
An Uber driver was driving the other car, a 2021 white Toyota Corolla, transporting four female Sacred Heart University students, according to police.
One of the young women who was in the Corolla is in critical condition at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, police said.
The Uber driver and one of the young women who were in his vehicle are in critical, but stable condition, at Bridgeport Hospital and the other two young women are in stable condition at Bridgeport Hospital.
Officials said it appears that the young women were returning to campus when the crash happened.
All of the students are from out of state, police said.
The Corolla was coming across Park Avenue to Jefferson Street and the Audi was going east on Jefferson Street and hit a curb, which pushed it into the westbound lane and the vehicles collided, police said during a news conference.
The Sacred Heart University students who were injured in the crash were taken to St. Vincent’s and Bridgeport hospitals, according to the university.
“The safety of our students is always our number one priority. We are in communication with local authorities and have no further information at this time,” the university said in a statement.
Sacred Heart University canceled classes on Friday morning so students could attend a prayer service.
Madison Donnelly, of Port Washington, New York, was walking home from a friend’s dorm early Friday morning and saw the crash.
“I’ve never seen a car accident that bad. It was just, both cars were completely destroyed. One was overturned. I just hope everyone is OK, really,” Donnelly said.
The Fairfield Police Reconstruction team is investigating and police said more information will be released when it becomes available.