One dead after early-morning Springfield crash

One dead after early-morning Springfield crash

A 25-year-old Texas man was pronounced dead at the scene of an early-morning crash today at Commercial Street and National Avenue, according to a report from the Springfield Police Department.

Brandon S. Smith, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was a passenger in a westbound 1997 Acura driven by Harold L. Evans, 33, of Galena. Evans reportedly lost control of the car and struck a traffic signal pole at the northeast corner of the intersection, the report said.

The accident occurred about 12:15 a.m.

The Acura then struck a 76 Ford LTD that was southbound on National and stopped for a red light at Commercial.

A second passenger in the Acura was not injured, Evans suffered minor injuries, and was taken into custody due to alcohol impairment, according to the police report.

Speed is also thought to have been a contributing factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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