Massachusetts State Police said that two people were dead following a fiery crash in Longmeadow in Hampden, Massachusetts, on Thursday, Aug. 22, after police tried to stop a pickup truck driver who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol.
The crash involved a pickup truck and a mail delivery truck, and occurred at about 11 a.m., on Route 5 just over the Longmeadow border. Two drivers suffered potentially life-threatening injuries and were brought to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, after the crash and were pronounced dead at the hospital.
The driver of the pickup truck was identified as David Cersosimo, 47, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The driver of the postal truck was identified as Daniel Nacin, 59, of Enfield, Connecticut.
Maureen P. Marion, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said that Nacin was a 40-year veteran of the postal service and worked out of the Enfield, Connecticut, post office. He celebrated his 40th work anniversary in May and he will be “greatly missed.”
Enfield Police said that at least three Enfield police cars were trying to stop Cersosimo, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, “lead at a high rate of speed, and went through the red light at probably 5-60 miles per hour” when it hit the mail truck pushing it across the state line.
Enfield resident Justin Anstett witnessed the crash described the impact as an explosion, and the wreckage burst into flames, according to Fox61.
Police and firefighters from Enfield and Longmeadow convened at the scene. Police expect the investigation to be lengthy.
James Leydon, spokesman for Hampden District Attorney Gulluni, said that the crash is under investigation by the Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit of Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office, the Massachusetts State Police Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the Longmeadow Police Department, MassLive reported.
Longmeadow police said via Facebook Thursday that Longmeadow Street from the Connecticut state line to Elm Avenue would be closed due to the investigation.
The street reopened at about 7 p.m. Thursday.