Car went airborne, crashed into MassMutual Center in Springfield

Car burst into flames following crash, driver was thrown from stolen car

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A stolen car went airborne and burst into flames after crashing into the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield Sunday night, Springfield police say.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that the driver was thrown from the vehicle, and had to be taken to the trauma unit at Baystate Medical Center. The driver’s condition is not known at this time.

Delaney says that the incident began shortly before 10:30 P.M. Officers received a report of a man who had stolen two bottles of wine from the Sunoco station on Broad Street, and then stole a Mercury Milan that had been parked at station’s gas pumps.

The owner of the car still had his cell phone inside the vehicle, so Delaney says that police were able to “ping” its location, discovering that the car was in the Locust Street area. A short time later, the car was seen on Main Street in the South End, driving toward the officers. Police did not pursue the car, Delaney says, because it was traveling too fast.

Moments later, officers discovered that the car had crashed airborne into the MassMutual Center and had exploded into flames. The driver had also knocked down trees and light poles in front of the arena.

The driver’s name has not been released at this time. Delaney says that charges will be determined later.