2 Western Massachusetts musicians die in car crash


WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> One of the two men who died in a head-on car crash in West Springfield late last week has been identified as key member of the western Massachusetts music scene.

Police said Sunday that 50-year-old Jeff Martell, of Northampton, and 24-year-old Benjamin Stulpin, of Springfield, died in the crash Friday afternoon on Route 20. Family and friends tell The Daily Hampshire Gazette that Martell was a folk singer and songwriter who was on his way to New York for a gig at the time of the crash.

Martell was well known in the local music scene and a key organizer of the Green River Festival in Greenfield.

Police say one of the cars crossed the center line, but the exact cause remains under investigation.


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions