2 killed in crash at Westover Air Reserve Base

Incident not believed to be connected to terrorism

Repaired fence at Westover
Repaired fence at Westover

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police say that a crash that killed two people on the property of Westover Air Reserve Base is not believed to be connected to terrorism.

Lt. Col. James Bishop of Westover Air Reserve Base told 22News the crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. “Crashed through the gate, crashed into the barriers, caught fire, both men died in the accident,” he said.

According to Massachusetts State Police Media Relations, the Kia Soul crashed through the perimeter fence and barrier at the end of Sheridan Street. The car then continued onto a perimeter road on base property, where it rolled over.

Both the driver of the car, and the passenger died of their injuries. State police say the driver may have been speeding prior to the crash. They added that there is no evidence at this time of any connection to terrorism, but the investigation is continuing.

“There are signs, it’s a dead end, and there’s just nowhere to go,” said Lt. Col. James Bishop of Westover. “It’s a clear stop in the road, the car was traveling very fast.”

22News went to the site of the crash and saw that while the property of Westover Air Reserve Base is well lit, a large portion of the road doesn’t have street lights.

Jeffrey Cady of Chicopee Electric Light told 22News the part of Sheridan Street next to the base was part of Westover Air Reserve Base, before it was turned into an industrial park.

Cady said industrial parks typically don’t have street lights.

Personnel from Westover repaired the fence quickly to secure the base’s perimeter.

The names of the two people killed in the crash have not been released at this time, though Bishop told 22News that they were both men.

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