Police: Deadly crash on I-91 in Springfield began with high-speed chase

An exit on I-91 N and ramp to I-91 S are now back open to drivers.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A police chase started in Connecticut and ended in a deadly crash on Exit 2 on I-91 North in Springfield early Friday.

Massachusetts State Police Media Communications Director Dave Procopio told 22News one man, the driver, has died.

State police in Springfield were notified around 12:30 a.m. Friday that Connecticut State Police pursued a car who refused to stop on I-91 North.

Procopio said the vehicle was traveling very fast and Connecticut State Police ended their pursuit at the Massachusetts state line.

A Massachusetts State Police trooper saw a car matching the description speeding on I-91 North in Longmeadow. The trooper tried to stop the vehicle, which police said was estimated to be traveling at 100 mph, but the driver didn’t pull over.

Police said they continued to pursue the car as it continued speeding. Procopio said the driver quickly approached Exit 2 in Springfield where he lost control and crashed.

The man driving was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield with serious injuries. Procopio said he died at the hospital.

State Police are investigating the crash, with assistance from police in Connecticut.

Exit 2 on Interstate 91 North and a ramp leading to Interstate 91 South were reopened early Friday morning.