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Charges likely in Amherst accident that injures two as car nearly strikes house

  • Police investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT

    Police investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT Purchase photo reprints »

  • Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT

    Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT Purchase photo reprints »

  • Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT

    Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT Purchase photo reprints »

  • Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT

    Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT Purchase photo reprints »

  • Police investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT
  • Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT
  • Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT
  • Homeowner Janet McGowan talkes with police as they investigate an accident on South East Street in Amherst that injured two. REBECCA EVERETT

Sgt. Jesus Arocho declined to specify what the charges might be or speculate on the cause of the accident, as police were still investigating it around 10:45 p.m. He said the occupants of the car were taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with injuries that were not life-threatening. He said he did not know their names.

A path of ripped-up plants and debris marked the route the car took as it crested a hill heading north near 706 South East St. and drove through that home’s yard. It struck a large tree near the brick house and came to rest on the front doorstep. The rear end of the car was crumpled into the backseat and there was also damage to the passenger side and the front of the car.

Initial reports indicated the car had hit the house. Homeowner Janet McGowan, who called 911 after the crash, said she had thought the car hit the house because she heard and felt the crash and looked out a window to see the car next to the house. She said the man eventually got out of the car and was walking around, and the woman was conscious and crying.

McGowan stood on the side of the road in a bathrobe and pajamas while police worked to reconstruct the accident in her yard.

“We were in bed and I heard a car driving incredibly fast,” she said, adding she heard tires squealing before the crash.

She said speeding is a big problem on that section of South East Street, where the speed limit is 25 mph.

“This is not the first accident we’ve seen here,” she said. Residents there have brought it up at Town Meeting, she said. “We’ve asked for years for something to slow people down.”

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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"The rear end of the car was crumpled into the backseat." Sounds like they got hit hard from behind, which would suggest the involvement of a second vehicle.

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