Ludlow Police Sgt. Daniel Valadas says that just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a two-car accident on East Street near Ventura Street after receiving multiple calls.
The impact of the crash caused one of the cars to catch fire.
The unidentified elderly man, who was one of the drivers, was taken to Baystate Medical Center with what are described as serious injuries. The person in the other car was not injured.
Both vehicles that were involved, a van and a white sedan, have been placed in impound.
Traffic was detoured both east and westbound on East Street, around the accident scene, for 3 hours while Ludlow and State Police investigated and reconstructed the accident.
The Red Bridge area between Ludlow and Wilbraham also had to be closed to traffic but this has since been opened back up.
WMECO and Verizon crews are remaining on scene to make repairs to a utility pole that had been sheared during the accident.
The Hampden Country District Attorney’s Office and police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this crash.