Crashes along Route 25 send five to the hospital
Consecutive crashes on Route 25 sent five individuals to the hospital on Monday, Aug. 23, including a truck driver — whose extrication from the cab took firefighters nearly an hour after first responders were alerted to a “tractor-trailer on its side in the median.” Shortly afterward, a three-car crash on the same road sent four people to the hospital.
State Police and the Wareham Fire Department responded to the overturned tractor-trailer on Route 25 West, near the exit to Route 195, according to State Police.
The driver, a 66-year-old man from Norfolk, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment, according to State Police.
Fire Chief Matthew Rowley, Engine One and the department’s Rescue One team responded to the call from headquarters on Main Street. In addition, off-duty career firefighters and on-call members were alerted to respond.
It took about an hour for the Fire Department crews to complete what the press release described as “a very involved extrication” and free the driver, before transferring the driver to the care of Wareham EMS.
“This was a difficult extrication not only because of the heat and humidity but by the way the operator was pinned in the vehicle,” Rowley said.
At around 1:30 p.m., a second crash occurred on Rte. 25. Three vehicles were involved, and the crash caused multiple “non-life-threatening injuries,” according to the Wareham Fire Department’s press release.
A State Police spokesperson said the first vehicle involved in the collision was a 2004 Honda Civic driven by an 18-year-old woman from Bourne. She sustained “suspected serious injuries,” and was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital.
The second car involved in the crash was a 2004 Volkswagen Touareg driven by a 40-year-old woman from Sandwich, State Police said. She sustained a serious injury and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Her passenger, a 19-year-old woman, was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
First responders suspected a 75-year-old New Bedford man driving a Honda CR-V — the third vehicle involved in the collision — also sustained serious injuries, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
The causes of the two crashes are under investigation, State Police said.