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Scene of deadly Wilbraham crash prone to accidents

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It's a 2.6 mile stretch of road with a dark past.

Along Monson Road you can find dented guards rails and make-shift memorials marking the spots where some journeys have come to an abrupt end.

"I don't want to say frequent accidents, but there has been several accidents there over the years," Wilbraham Police Chief Roger Tucker said.  

The most recent happening Tuesday night where Nathan Raffol, 19, of Wilbraham and Nolan Toski, 23, also of Wilbraham, were killed after the car they were in lost control at the curve at the intersection of Bolles Road.

"Can't believe he's gone. It hasn't hit me yet," Tanner Chapdelaine, a friend of Raffol's said.

A third person, Adam Surrette, 24, of Springfield who was also in the car is now fighting for his life at Baystate Medical Center.

Police are looking into speed as a factor in that crash.

Tucker said it is usually the common denominator in most accidents on the road.

"It's posted 35 miles per hour there and we frequently get speeds up to 60 miles per hour."

With its sharp turns and tall hills, the roadway has become notorious throughout town.

"I think a lot of people think the road is dangerous. But my philosophy and the philosophy of the police department is the road isn't dangerous. It's the operation of the vehicles on the road that is dangerous. But it's like that for every road," Tucker said.  

And like every other road, Tucker said drivers need to remember safety protocols when behind the wheel.

"Appropriate operation of the motor vehicle is key," said Tucker.  

Including always wearing a seatbelt.

Tucker said the results of Tuesday's accident could have been different had those inside been wearing them.

"We believe it may have made a difference ultimately for them. There may have been some injuries due to the high rate of speed, but the interior was pretty intact," said Tucker.

All three victims were thrown from the vehicle. Police continue to investigate the incident as they try to figure out who was driving the car at the time of the crash.

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