Eight injured in head-on crash

WESTFIELD – At least eight persons were injured Sunday evening in a head-on crash on Union Street.
Police were called at 7:53 p.m. by several persons who reported many injuries in the crash which occurred a short distance to the east of the road’s intersection with Paper Mill Road.
Officer Brendan Irujo was the first to arrive and, minutes later, was joined by firefighters.
The first firefighters to arrive, an ambulance crew and those staffing Engine 4, assessed the situation and almost immediately called for additional ambulances. Three additional city ambulances were dispatched and mutual aid was requested from West Springfield Emergency Medical Service which sent a fifth ambulance to the crash scene.
Irujo reports that witnesses reported that a blue 2006 Subaru Legacy which had been traveling eastbound was seen to have slowly drifted into the westbound lane where it crashed head-on with a westbound Mercedes-Benz which carried several persons.
The 26-year-old man who had been operating the Subaru told Irujo fell asleep while driving.
Firefighters report that seven victims of the crash were transported to Baystate Medical Center and one additional patient was taken to Baystate Noble Hospital.

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