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Bridgewater man is in critical condition after crashing minivan into a two-family home

A Bridgewater man was taken by helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with serious injuries after crashing his minivan into a two-family home early this morning, police and fire officials said.

Bridgewater police confirmed that Norman Melendy, 45, was driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan when the vehicle veered off Route 28 in Bridgewater onto the property of Scott Allen at 545 Main St. around 6:52 a.m.

“It appears that the operator had some medical condition that caused him to get in the accident,” said Bridgewater police Lieutenant Thomas Schlatz.

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Melendy was in critical condition, according to a Brigham and Women’s Hospital spokesman. Bridgewater police officer Stephen McGinn said police could not comment on Melendy’s medical condition.

During the crash, Melendy drove through a white picket fence before hitting and damaging part of the house’s siding, according to Bridgewater fire Captain Joseph Cairns. Residents of the home, including two young children, were not injured, Cairns said, adding that the crash’s noise woke several of the residents.

“[The vehicle] impacted the house... narrowly missed the gas and electrical line, so it was very lucky,” said Cairns. “He went through the fence, a wooden picket fence, missing some big trees on the way.” He said the vehicle dented the home, and the Bridgewater Building Inspectional Services department will inspect the damages.

The crash is still under investigation, and Cairns said he did not have any details on whether speed was a factor in the crash. He also said there were no signs that the driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs.

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