Serious injuries in second Rt 6 crash; Family escapes injury in Route 6 crash; Vineyard crash, house fire; YPD holds blood drive to honor fallen officer

Serious injuries reported in Route 6 crash
Ponding of water may have contributed to crash
WEST BARNSTABLE - For the second time in about 12 hours a family outing ends in a crash on the Mid Cape Highway-and this time the results are much more serious. Four people are injured in a crash on this stretch of Route 6 in West Barnstable early Friday morning. A vehicle traveling east between exits 5 & 6 crashed into a tree in the median about 1 AM. Rescuers had to extricate all four occupants. Two victims reported to be children were freed first and rushed to Cape Cod Hospital with what were believed to be serious but non life-threatening injuries. A woman 38-year old Fallette Morreira was freed shortly thereafter and also taken to the hospital. She was reportedly not seriously injured. The driver 41-year old Alexandro Morreira was freed after extensive extrication and rushed to the hospital with what were described as potentially life-threatening injuries. Banrstable and Centerville/Osterville ambulances helped West Barnstable in transporting the victims. State Police are trying to determine if the vehicle may have hit a large puddle causing it to hydroplane and go out of control. The crash happened in the same stretch of road as a crash Thursday afternoon (see story below). Posted on 11/24 at 2:45 AM; updated on 11/24 at 4:00 PM. Map courtesy of Microsoft local/live.

Rain floods road, winds knock down few limbs
- A Thanksgiving nor'easter dumped 2-3 inches of rain causing flooding of roadways and causing some crashes (See related stories ahead and before this one). Winds gusting to 61 MPH at the Provincetown Harbormaster's office were enough to down some limbs across the Cape but NStar was not aware of any power outages. Posted on 11/24 at 7:30 AM; updated on 11/24 at 11:00 PM.

Family escapes serious injury in Route 6 crash
- A family of four has something special to be thankful on this holiday. This afternoon their vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle on Route 6 eastbound before exit 5. The impact caused the vehicle to go out of control and roll over as it crashed into the woods. All four were shaken up but not seriously hurt. State Police are investigating if the rainy weather played a role in the crash. Posted on 11/23 at 9:30 PM.

Serious early morning crash in Tisbury
House fire also reported on the Vineyard this afternoon
- The driver of this vehicle was able to escape serious injury after crashing into a tree around 3 AM. The crash happened on West Tisbury/Edgartown Road. Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Meanwhile our island correspondent reports a house caught fire at 82 Chase Lane in Vineyard Haven just before 2 PM Thanksgiving afternoon. Mutual aid from West Tisbury, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown was called to the scene. All of the occupants escaped safely. Further details were not immediately available. The bad weather is creating some difficulties but we are hoping to get some pictures from the scene. Posted on 11/23 at 9:30 PM. Photo courtesy J. Crave.

YPD to host blood drive to honor fallen officer
- On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 from 11:00AM and 5:00PM-the Yarmouth Police Department will host a community blood drive in the memory of fallen Yarmouth Police Patrol Officer Bradford M. Erickson.

Patrol Officer Erickson was killed in the line of duty on Friday, December 1, 2000 and this blood drive is being conducted at Yarmouth Police Headquarters in his memory with the support and assistance of the C-Lab Donor Center at Cape Cod Hospital.

Blood is needed each and every day to save lives in every community. Blood collected in this blood drive will stay on Cape Cod and is used to treat people here.

Any person over 17 in good health and weighing at least 110 pounds can become a blood donor. There is no upper age limit. The entire process of donating blood takes about 45 minutes. After donating-you can relax and enjoy free refreshments before resuming normal activities.

In order to help make the process as efficient as possible-all donors are asked to make an appointment by calling 508-862-5273. Posted on 11/23 at 9:30 PM.

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