According to the Springfield State Police barracks, the accident happened shortly after 6:00 p.m. westbound on Rt.57 near Main Street.
ABC40 received a call from a woman who witnessed the crash and called 9-1-1. While she didn’t wish to be identified, she says a Jeep smashed into the guardrail and the driver was injured. She told us she’s not sure why the Jeep crashed.
The investigating Trooper on the case, Michael Tucker told us that the man was ejected from the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, he was transported by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Tucker says they are investigating the cause of the crash but notes, “It wasn’t speed or alcohol related. Possibly a mechanical failure.”
The Southwick man has been identified as Kieth Lapointe and his injuries are non-life threatening.
Traffic was down to one lane and moving very slowly for some time while crews worked to clear the scene.