A man from West Springfield is facing charges for allegedly driving drunk, traveling the wrong way on I-91 southbound, and striking a Massachusetts State Police cruiser and two other vehicles before rolling over.
State Police spokesman Dave Procopio told 22News, the suspect entered Longmeadow from Connecticut on I-91, going north on the southbound side of the highway, at around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
A Massachusetts State trooper positioned his cruiser in front of the wrong-way operator in an attempt to stop him and prevent injury to other motorists, according to Procopio.
The State Police spokesman said the suspect’s vehicle did not stop, hit the cruiser, and continued to go north in the southbound side. It struck two other vehicles before flipping over in Springfield.
Procopio said the suspect was not injured when he crashed. He was taken out of his vehicle and troopers noticed obvious signs of impairment. The man was then arrested by State Police.
The trooper was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, but Procopio told 22News, those injuries are believed to be minor. His cruiser was significantly damaged.
The State Police spokesman also said at least one other driver was hit by the wrong-way suspect, but their injuries are also believed to be minor.
State Police shut down all southbound lanes to facilitate the emergency response and crash investigation. All lanes were reopened at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, according to Procopio.
Longmeadow Firefighters and Massachusetts Department of Transportation workers assisted State Police at the scene.