Holyoke

1 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured in Wrong-Way Crash in Holyoke

Massachusetts State Police identified the victim Monday night as Debra Palata, 69, of Holyoke.

State police are investigating a fatal wrong-way crash that left one person dead and another seriously injured in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon.

Troopers responded to a report of a wrong-way crash on Interstate 91 in Holyoke around 12 p.m., authorities said.

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A preliminary investigation indicates that a 2005 Mercedes-Benz operated by a 69-year-old Holyoke woman was traveling southbound on the northbound side of I-91. The Mercedes hit a 2013 Honda Civic head-on in the left-hand lane of I-91 northbound, according to authorities.

The driver of the Mercedes was pronounced dead at the scene. State police identified her Monday night as Debra Palata, of Holyoke.

The driver of the Honda Civic, a 25-year-old Springfield man, was transported to Baystate Medical Center with serious injuries.

The incident remains under investigation by Troop B of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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