Two drivers for Fairfield Cab were both sent to the hospital after brawling early Tuesday morning outside the cab's office in the Fairfield Railroad Station's eastbound terminal on Carter Henry Drive.

Ricardo Molina, 51, and Niky Valcinl, 38, each was charged with third-degree assault and breach of peace after the fight, which erupted 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The men had to be separated when police arrived. Molia told officers Valcin got too close to him as he attempted to leave and he had pushed Valcin back. That led both men to start throwing punches, police said. Valcin later told police he had acted in self-defense.

Molina was hit in the face several times, causing a golf-ball-size welt on his forehead and a laceration next to his right eye, police said. Valcin had facial swelling and a bloody nose, police said.

The drivers were transported to separate hospitals for treatment of their injuries to avoid a second fight, police said. Molina was taken to Bridgeport Hospital and Valcin to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport.

Both were released on a promise to appear Aug. 15 in Bridgeport Superior Court.