One person injured in five-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 southbound in Northampton

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield woman was injured and traffic in the southbound lanes was backed up for more than 90 minutes following a five-car crash on Interstate 91 Monday evening.

The accident occurred at 5:50 p.m. between Exits 17 and 18, close to the Mount Tom power plant in Holyoke, said Reid Bagley, a spokesman for the state police communications office in Framingham.

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Traffic, heavy because of the Presidents Day holiday, became congested when the passing lane was closed to remove the vehicles involved in the crash. Bagley said an initial report of entrapment in one vehicle was not accurate, with all occupants able to get out on their own.

A Northampton Fire Department ambulance took a 33-year-old woman to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield as a precautionary measure, Bagley said. No one else was hurt in the crash, Bagley said.

Northampton Fire Department Deputy Chief Jon Davine said one engine, one ambulance and one command vehicle responded to the accident scene.

Davine said all vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene. City firefighters cleaned up debris and fluids from the road.

Bagley said the crash remains under investigation and no citations have been issued. The names of the drivers and the woman injured are not being released, Bagley said.

Both travel lanes on the highway were reopened around 7:30 p.m., but traffic remained slow on that section of the highway for a period of time.