SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Two teenagers are dead after a drag racing crash in Springfield that happened early Friday morning.
Police said say one of the cars that was racing lost control, went into the other lane, and struck an AMR emergency vehicle.
Both the driver and passenger in the car died at the scene, but the ambulance driver was unhurt.
“I heard two screaming cars coming down the road,” said Roger Pelletier, who lives nearby.
Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, Pelletier said he was awoken by the sounds of drag racing near his Plumtree Road home, then came the tell-tale sounds.
“I heard all the sirens of a drag race gone wrong,” Pelletier added.
Pelletier said he walked down the street and saw the horrific aftermath
“Looked like somebody was down and covered. He was already gone and there was a pile of cars up on the other side,” Pelletier explained.
Springfield Police said two cars were drag racing when one lost control.
That car went into the wrong lane and struck the emergency vehicle.
Police said the other racing car was not affected, but both the driver and passenger in the car that crashed -two men aged 18 and 19 - died on the scene.
“Maybe if they were more careful, we wouldn’t be in this situation right now,” said Denashalee Figueroa.
Western Mass News isn’t identifying the victims until the Hampden County District Attorney has notified all family members, but Figueroa, a close friend of one of the late victims, said she had to speak out.
“We have that bond, it’s blood no matter what,” Figueroa explained.
Figueroa said she wants people to know her loved one deserves to be remembered as more than just a crash victim.
“I would like them to know him because he’s not just any ordinary kid. He was a kid that came from nothing, broke, struggled. He had nothing…I would just like him to be remembered for the smart and soft person that he was in real life,” Figueroa added.
It was a hectic scene that won’t be forgotten by those who witnessed it.
“It’s been on my mind all day, you know. I always kept saying something’s gonna happen,” Pelletier said.