SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - One person is dead and another is in the hospital, after a serious car accident in Springfield Sunday.
According to Springfield Fire Spokesperson Dennis Leger, firefighters were called to 840 Page Boulevard at 11:58 a.m. after a car struck and knocked down a utility pole.
Leger said live wires sparked a grass fire on the lawn of Mary the Mother of Hope Church.
Firefighters removed a woman from the passenger side of the car, who was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She later died from those injuries.
"I got out of the car, I wanted to try and help," said Elizabeth Caraker of Amherst. "And then I saw the power lines and the guy said get back."
The driver of the car was also taken to a hospital. No information on his condition was available.
A family that lives in a home, just feet from where the accident happened, called this a dangerous intersection, and said they see accidents happen here often.
"You need to slow down," Dalila Cotto added. "People walk their dogs around here. People cross for the church. Kids are going to school."
According to Springfield police, the intersection of Page Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue was closed while crews worked. The intersection has since been reopened
According to the Eversource Outage Map, as of 12:30 p.m. 1,727 people in Springfield were without power. Power has since been restored.
Eversource Spokesperson Farrah Duffany told 22News the church, however, were without power until the pole was replaced as it was directly in front of the church.
Eversource estimated Sunday it would take 6 hours to replace the pole, and got the church a generator for while they were without power.
22News spoke with resident Bobby Richardson who said he's not surprised the crash happened in this location.
"Over the years, I have witnessed a few accidents," said Richardson. "I feel something should be done to fix it, I'm not sure what but I have experienced it over the years just going through the area."
The force of the impact was so strong that the car's engine was ejected from under the hood. Springfield Police Spokesman Ryan Walsh told 22News that speed may have been a factor.
The Springfield Police Traffic Unit is still looking into the exact cause.
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