SOUTH HADLEY – A 41-year old man from Feeding Hills has died of his injuries after crashing into a home at 197 North Main Street in South Hadley.
North Main Street remained closed overnight Wednesday between Highland Avenue and Summit Street as State Police Traffic investigators tried to figure out what caused the driver to lose control.
South Hadley Fire Captain Brian McClaflin told 22News that around 6:30 Wednesday night, a car came speeding down North Main and collided with a large tree before launching into a house at 197 North Main. The car crashed into the garage with such force that the engine was thrown over a pool in the backyard, and debris from the car was found on nearby Chestnut Hill Road. Firefighters had to use the “Jaws of Life” to get the driver, Greg Kwasny of Feeding Hills, out.
Kwasny died of his injuries , Chief David Labrie said.
One neighbor we spoke to here didn’t want his face shown but described what he saw and heard:
“All of a sudden I heard an explosion, I looked out the window and allI saw was debris all over. The car was disintegrated. There was debris three, four houses down. I was just wondering if there was anybody still alive in that car.”
Robert Luchini, who lives a few houses away, said as tragic as the situation was, it could have easily been worse.
“I mean, it’s very fortunate that people weren’t on the streets. There’s a group of elderly women that walk this part of the street every day, up and around the block, so, it could have been a lot worse,” said Luchini.
Other neighbors said they heard the engine roaring “like a race car” as the vehicle careened down the street.
State Police Lt Bill Scott confirmed to 22News collision analysis crews were investigating a fatal accident.
Luckily, the two occupants of the home were in another area of the house and were not harmed.
The section of North Main Street where the accident happened has a 30 mile per hour posted speed limit.