WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Rt. 5 southbound tunnel reopened after being closed for nearly four hours Monday morning.
West Springfield Police Sgt. Brian Pomeroy told 22News a man was driving his car southbound in a northbound lane on Rt. 5 south when he crashed. Our 22News crew saw a guardrail puncture the car from the front, right though to the back window.
Sgt. Pomeroy said the accident happened near the Rt. 20 rotary where Rt. 5 passes under, and the road had to be shut down while the accident reconstruction team investigated and while tow truck workers removed the car that had landed on top of a concrete barrier during the crash.
The driver was taken to the hospital, and was reportedly conscious and responding to emergency personnel, but the extent of his injuries aren’t known at this point.
Sgt. Pomeroy told 22News construction had started on the section of Rt. 5 where the crash happened about a week ago. Because of that construction traffic is diverted to one lane.
Rt. 5 South reopened to all traffic just before 5 o’clock this morning.