Driver remains in critical condition after fiery two-car crash

GRANBY – A 26-year-old Springfield woman remained in critical condition at Baystate Medical Center this morning after she was injured in a two-car crash on Pleasant Street early Monday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesman.

The accident occurred around 12:35 p.m. near Five Corners on Route 202, and also sent a second driver and child passenger to Baystate Medical Center.

Heather Pimpare, of Wait Street in Springfield, remained hospitalized, while the second driver, Shannon Curran, 30, of Springfield, was treated for injuries and released from the medical center. The child had been brought to the hospital for observation, police said.

Police said it appears Pimpare drove off the road in an Oldsmobile Alero and struck a guard rail before crossing over the center line and colliding with Curran’s Chevrolet Prism in the southbound lane.

Police said callers reported that Pimpare’s car caught fire after the crash, and that motorists passing by the accident scene used a nearby resident’s fire extinguisher to quell the flames.

“It was very serious,” said Granby’s acting police chief, Alan Wishart, on Tuesday.

Pimpare was removed from her vehicle by emergency medical workers and taken to Baystate Medical Center.

The crash remains under investigation by Granby police with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Collision and Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services. South Hadley Fire Districts 1 and 2 also were called to the scene early Monday afternoon.