SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A teenager was struck and killed after a crash involving a school bus in the area of State and Dwight Streets Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Springfield Police Department Spokesperson Ryan Walsh, a 16-year-old child died from the injuries at Baystate Medical Center.
At around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers were called to a crash involving a school bus and pedestrian at State and Dwight Streets. State Street was closed from Chestnut to Main Streets, and on Dwight Street from Bruce Landon Way to Maple Street for several hours while the Springfield Police Traffic Unit investigated.
There have been three deadly crashes in the last two months on State Street. It’s is one of the main streets going east to west through the city, connecting downtown with Mason Square. People who live near the area of the latest pedestrian crash say speeding and distracted driving are problems.
“People are distracted,” said Juran Motes. “They are on their phones too much.”
To try to slow drivers down, Springfield DPW plans to install a raised crosswalk near the library and narrow the road to one lane in each direction. That project is expected to begin in the spring.