WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB / WSHM) – Part of Memorial Avenue in West Springfield has been closed due to a serious car accident.
West Springfield Police Sgt. Joe LaFrance said two cars collided around 1:20 p.m. on Memorial Avenue near Central Chevrolet.
Four people were taken to hospitals in the area. Three people were removed from the SUV and sent to Baystate Medical Center by ambulance. Two occupants sustained non-life threatening injuries, while the third sustained serious, life-threatening injuries. The driver of the other car was taken to hospital for observation.
Both cars were traveling east on Memorial Avenue when an SUV struck another passing vehicle. The SUV struck the guardrail, overturned and caught fire.
LaFrance added that the West Springfield Accident Reconstruction Team responded. Early indications show that speed was a factor in the crash.
The road was closed from Union Street to Windsor Street. Drivers were told to avoid the area and look for alternative routes until the scene was cleared.
The accident is still under investigation with the assistance of the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.