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Among the injured in Springfield was a prosecutor struck in the head by debris while walking to her car; she is expected to survive, but her name was not released.
The Hampden County district attorney, Mark Mastroianni, said he barely escaped injury himself when plate glass windows shattered and blew into his office and a conference room.
“People started to scream, ‘Get away from the windows,’ and as I was just turning to run, the glass window just came flying in,” he said.
The story was repeated in town after town around Springfield. Some of the most severe damage was in Monson, about 15 miles away, where homes were leveled and a historic church was badly damaged.
“This isn’t supposed to happen here,” Sen. John Kerry said after touring the damage in Monson, usually a quiet mountain hamlet about 90 miles west of Boston.
The toppled steeple of the First Church of Monson — founded in 1762 and rebuilt in 1873 — was a symbol of the heartbreak many residents were feeling. But townspeople were relieved that no one in the town of fewer than 10,000 was killed — and were determined to rebuild.
Patrick said he was moved by gestures of goodwill.
A woman in Monson received a phone call from someone in the Boston suburb of Milton — the governor’s hometown — who had recovered her checkbook register after the ferocious winds apparently carried it 90 miles.
He also addressed the death of the West Springfield woman who died while saving her daughter’s life by covering her in the bathtub.
“I’m a dad, and I understand a mom or dad would do anything to save their child,” Patrick said.
Authorities initially believed at least four people died but later determined that a heart attack death in Springfield was likely unrelated to the storms. A man died when a tree struck a van in West Springfield, and another person died in Brimfield, though authorities have not released details.
The governor, who declared a state of emergency allowing officials to sidestep usual regulations to provide quick relief, pledged that the state would throw all its resources behind recovery and that federal disaster assistance would be sought.
“For those who are feeling, quite understandably, that they can’t imagine what a better tomorrow would look like, I want to assure that we are working to get to that better tomorrow,” he said.
Massachusetts public health officials said about 200 people sought treatment for storm related-injuries.
Dr. Reginald Alouidor, a surgeon heading the trauma teams at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, said the injured at his hospital ranged in age from 2 to their mid-60s, with many suffering broken bones or other injuries from wind-driven debris.
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