LUDLOW (CBS) – A Springfield man is being charged with three different violations after crashing his car into the Ludlow Civil War Soldiers monument and toppling it over.

At around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, police responded to the area of Center Street and Church Street after a report of a crash. Investigators say 37-year-old Cyrus Fisher was driving on Center Street with a 35-year-old female passenger when he went off the road. He then crossed the southbound lanes and hit the memorial.

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The impact destroyed the cast iron fence surrounding the monument, and it also knocked over the monument.

Ludlow Police responded Thursday after a car toppled the Ludlow Civil War Soldiers Monument. (Photo Credit: Ludlow Police Department)

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According to Ludlow Police, both Fisher and the female passenger were taken to Baystate Medical Center with “injuries that are believed to be serious but non-life-threatening.” Fisher will be cited for speeding, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and marked lanes violation.

A part of the fence also went into the air after the collision, hitting another car. No one was hurt in that vehicle. 

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The Soldier’s Monument was first erected by the Town of Ludlow in 1867. Ludlow Veterans Services says it plans to restore the monument to its original form.

CBSBoston.com Staff