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Leverett woman dies after Montague crash

MONTAGUE — A 90-year-old Leverett woman has died of her injuries sustained in a Thursday car crash.

Catherine Woodard, of 100 Depot Road, Leverett, was injured when her husband, Phillip Woodard, 90, crashed their 1999 Toyota Camry into a tree on the edge of the Montague Center town common.

Patrolman Daniel Miner responded to the accident, and found both occupants conscious in the vehicle, he said. Miner said both had been wearing their seatbelts and the car’s airbags had deployed.

Phillip Woodard was not injured, said Miner, and Montague Center emergency medical technicians treated Catherine Woodard on scene, and she was later taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Thursday, according to police records.

The accident happened at 2:22 p.m. The Woodards had been driving north on Main Street, when the car went off the road and struck a tree at the southern edge of the common head-on, according to Miner.

“It was a tragic accident,” said Miner. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family.”

Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge also expressed his condolences in a press release issued Friday.

Miner said the couple had been together for 70 years, and had eight children, the youngest being about 60. He said Phillip Woodard spent Friday with his children.

The accident remains under investigation by the state police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

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