One man was killed and another seriously injured in a crash right in front of Pittsfield High School Tuesday afternoon. As Time Warner Cable News Reporter Madeleine Rivera explains, leaders say it was a matter of just moments that would have made this deadly crash, much worse.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- A mangled mess of metal was all that was left of a car after it crashed into Pittsfield High School Tuesday afternoon.
"Turned around and looked, saw it jump the curb, and hit the tree, and that was as far as I could see," said Michael Hicks, a witness.
Police say two men were driving at an incredibly fast speed down Second Street when they crashed.
"Having investigated accidents before at least 80 miles per hour," said Sergeant Mark Trapani of the Pittsfield Police Department.
"First person out was getting CPR on them on scene. Second person was taken on a stretcher out to an ambulance," said Hicks.
Police say one man was killed. They're not releasing his identity at this time, but say he was a Pittsfield resident. The other was taken to BMC with life-threatening injuries. It's unclear at this time who was driving the car.
"A miracle that no kids were involved or no other cars or pedestrians," said Mayor Dan Bianchi.
The crash happened around 2:50 p.m., just a half hour after dismissal at Pittsfield High School.
That 30 minute gap between dismissal time and the crash was crucial in preventing more victims.
"It's just devastating to think of what could have happened if the timing been different," said Pittsfield Superintendent Jake McCandless.