Driver in wrong-way accident on I-91 in Holyoke identified

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The woman who died in a serious accident over the weekend on I-91 in Holyoke has been identified.

According to State Police, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was identified as 69-year-old Debra Palata of Holyoke. Palata died at the site of the crash when she collided with another car while driving south in the northbound lanes. It’s not known how she entered the wrong side of the highway.

The crash happened north of the highway overpass at Bemis Road which is just past exit 15B (formally exit 17B). The driver of the second vehicle, a 25-year-old Springfield man, suffered serious injuries. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center.

Police are investigating why Palata was driving the wrong way.

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