MSP Investigating Chicopee Crash that Caused Two Fatalities

At approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Massachusetts State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Route 391 southbound in Chicopee. 

Preliminary investigation suggests that a 2001 Acura MDX and a 2010 Kia Soul were southbound in the center lane. Both vehicles entered the left lane and passed a third vehicle that was in the middle lane, and then the operators of both the Kia and Acura, once passing the third vehicle, moved back to the center lane. 

Investigation suggests the operator of the Kia attempted to transition back to the left lane, lost control of the vehicle and collided with the Acura. Both vehicles slid off the western edge of the roadway and into the heavily wooded tree line. The Acura collided with at least two trees while the Kia rotated and also struck a tree. 

Both operators were determined to be deceased on scene. The operator of the Acura MDX is identified as Tiana M. Vega, a 20-year-old woman from Springfield. The operator of the Kia Soul is identified as John M. Burkott, 28, of Springfield.

The investigation into the facts and circumstances of the crash is ongoing and is being conducted by the State Police-Springfield Barracks, the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Detective Unit for Hampden County, and the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.