BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts State Police are investigating a deadly crash that took place on North Main Street in Belchertown Sunday night.

According to Massachusetts State Police Spokesperson Dave Procopio, at 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, a Massachusetts State Police trooper was patroling Route 202 South in Belchertown and attempted to stop a 2011 Nissan Altima.

The driver sped away from the trooper, ran a red light at the intersection of Route 9, and then failed to make a left-bearing curve and went off the right side of the road.

Preliminary investigation states that the car struck a mulch bed and went airborne, then hit a rock wall, a large tree, and a light post, before hitting the front end of a 2023 Jeep Wrangler that was parked in the driveway of 79 North Main Street.

The Altima’s engine block was launched out of the engine compartment of the car and became airborne. The block went through the outside of the brick house at 73 North Main Street and landed on the second floor inside of the house.

The driver was thrown from the car, and the car’s front end hit the outside of 79 North Main Street. A 2020 Buick Envision that was parked next to the Jeep received damage during the crash.

The driver of the Altima, a 19-year-old man, died in the accident. His identity is not being released at this time. No one else was in the car, and no one in the house was injured.

Each of the neighbors described the crash as one of the loudest sounds they have ever heard. 22News spoke to a couple that lives blocks away from the house that was hit, and they said they heard it loud enough to go outside and investigate.

“It was a loud sound. It was kind of amazing actually. You could tell something serious had happened,” said Mike Forgue of Belchertown.

That couple added that speeding around that bend is a big issue, even with the pedestrian crossing there, they’ve never seen an accident of this caliber but said there are plenty of close calls, especially when cars do try to stop to allow pedestrians to cross.

The crash is being investigated by the State Police-Belchertown Barracks, State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and State Police Detective Unit for Hampshire/Franklin Counties. 

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Duncan MacLean is a reporter who has been a part of the 22News team since 2019. Follow Duncan on X @DMacLeanWWLP and view his bio to see more of his work.