1 Killed, 2 Injured in Athol, Massachusetts, Crash

One person was killed and two others were injured in a crash involving a tree in Athol, Massachusetts, Sunday evening.

Athol officers arrived at the scene on South Athol Road and Riverview Avenue just before 9 p.m., where they found a heavily-damaged Nissan Altima lying on its roof after hitting a tree, according to police.

Police said one person was ejected from the car, while another two were trapped inside and had to be freed using a hydraulic extraction tool.

One victim, identified Tuesday as 26-year-old Eric Gage of Athol, died at the scene. The two injured victims were taken to a Worcester-area hospital and Athol Hospital.

A preliminary investigation indicated the car was driving east on South Athol Road at the time of the crash.

Crews from Athol and Orange fire departments also responded to the scene.

The crash is under investigation by Athol and state police.

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