State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Route 91 in Longmeadow

Massachusetts State Police Release –11102013–State Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Route 91 in Longmeadow

Today at approximately 5:51 p.m., Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the Springfield Barracks responded to reports of a serious two-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 northbound, at the 2.2 mile marker in the town of Longmeadow.

Preliminary investigation by Troopers indicates that a Jeep Grand Cherokee swerved to avoid couch cushions that were in the roadway.  At some point, the Jeep made contact with a tractor trailer in an adjacent lane.  The Jeep immediately caught fire after colliding with the tractor trailer.  The operator succumbed to the fire.

All northbound traffic was stopped at the time of the crash.  As of this release, 7:30 p.m., all traffic is still stopped.  Traffic is being diverted by Connecticut State Police at exit 49 just prior to the Massachusetts state line.  The traffic that is stopped in the 2.2 miles of roadway, will be turned around and directed off the highway in Connecticut.  A lane of travel will be opened as soon as it is possible.

Troopers are being assisted on scene by members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Detectives assigned to the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Troop B Community Action Team (B-CAT), State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section (CVES), MA DOT, Medical Examiners Office, Hampden County Assistant District Attorney, Connecticut State Police and Longmeadow Fire Department.

The name of the victim is not known at this time.  The name of the tractor-trailer driver and company are not yet being released.

This is still an active scene, updates will follow as necessary.  Please do not call the barracks directly.