Fatal crash in Dennis; "Dunks" fire in Mashpee; Falmouth crash; Crash slows morning commute on "alley"; Yarmouth Police defuse tense situation

Crash kills one, critically injures second in Dennis, driver charged

  One man was killed, another critically injured when this Saab hit a pole, tree and parked vehicle.
- Depot Street, north of Upper County Road, was the scene of a horrific crash around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

One young man was killed and another severely injured in a Saab sedan when the driver lost control traveling north.

The vehicle crossed the centerline and struck and severed a utility pole, snapped a locust tree in two, uprooted some cedar trees and hit a parked vehicle before coming to a stop less than twenty feet from a house. The passenger's side of the vehicle was badly deformed.


The residents of the house at 313 Depot Street found the passenger slumped across the driver.

Both occupants were unconscious when the residents first approached the wreck.

When police arrived, one officer supported the head of the injured passenger until Dennis EMTs arrived.

Gaining access to the injured men using the Jaws of Life on the driver's side door, the EMTs extricated the passenger, Jacob Gibbs, 24, of Harwich, and rushed him to Cape Cod Hospital where authorities say he later passed away.

A short time later the driver, 28-year-old Liam McInnis of Harwich, was removed from the vehicle with injuries classified as Priority 1, also life-threatening. He was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital as well. Rescuers at the scene had inquired about a Medflight helicopter but it was unclear if he might be later flown to Boston.

When the Saab struck the pole it broke off a 12-foot section and sent it at least 75 feet into the driveway of the home where it came to rest beneath the resident's truck. The truck appeared to be undamaged. When the Saab slid into the driveway of the home, it hit a Jeep Liberty causing minor damage. The owner of the Jeep pulled it away from the wreck and turned her lights on the scene to provide illumination for rescuers.

The Dennis Fire Department issued a department-wide recall to crew the two ambulances and two engines that were dispatched to the scene.

The fire department terminated command at 7:34 p.m., coinciding with the arrival of two NStar trucks.

The electric wires were buzzing and sparking but power was not lost to the area at the time of the crash, though localized outages were possible during the pole replacement process which was expected to take much of the night and keep Depot Street closed for an extended time.

Dennis Police said Thursday McInnis will be charged with motor vehicle homicide, operating under the influence of alcohol (2nd offense), operating recklessly to endanger, operating with a suspended registration, operating unisured, marked lanes violation and speeding.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley. Map courtesy of Microsoft local/live.

Fire at Dunkin' Donuts
- A fire damaged a restroom at a Dunkin' Donuts in Mashpee Thursday evening. Firefighters quickly doused the flames at the coffee shop at 439 Nathan Ellis Highway (Route 151) after the 6:25 p.m. alarm. The cause is under investigation.

Pickup vs car in Falmouth
- Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday evening a Chevy Caviler turning into the Falmouth Service Center off of Gifford Street was struck by a Ford F-350 Pickup. The impact drove both vehicles into the Service Center sign and a small tree, destroying both. The female driver and sole occupant of the Chevy was transported to Falmouth Hospital with very minor injuries by Falmouth Fire/Rescue. The driver of the Ford Truck also sole occupant was uninjured. The crash remains under investigation by Falmouth Police who remained on the scene waiting for a wrecker to pull the truck off of what was once the base of the sign. Story and photo by Eric Tinglof.

Car vs pickup in Hyannis
- At 2:30 p.m. this afternoon Barnstable PD and Hyannis Fire responded to the scene of a car rear-ending a pickup truck at West Main Street in Hyannis at the exit to Country Gardens, the scene of many previous crashes. Hyannis rescue evaluated two people in the truck.  Barnstable High School was just letting out and school busses and cars caused a traffic jam in the area. The people in the truck were checked, treated at the scene and refused transport to Cape Cod Hospital.  Photo by Frank Paparo.

Crash slows morning commute
- It was a minor crash but it came during the morning commute. A vehicle reportedly lost a wheel between exits 10 and 11 on Route 6 causing a second vehicle to crash. No one was injured but traffic was slowed until the crash was cleared

Yarmouth Police diffuse tense situation
- On Wednesday at 12:10 a.m. members of the Yarmouth Police Department Patrol Force responded to a Winslow Gray Road home in West Yarmouth regarding a report of an out of control man armed with a large knife threatening people in the home.

Yarmouth Police Patrol Officers Christopher Kent-Sean Brewer-Christopher Van Ness-Christopher Marino-Mark Noone-Melissa Alden-and K9 Patrol Officer Mark Thibeault, as well as Massachusetts State Trooper Matt Covino and Yarmouth Police Patrol Sergeant Patrick Carty all arrived at the scene and encountered a woman who was upset and frightened. She identified herself as the mother of the armed man and expressed concerns for his well-being.  Police Officers located the man bleeding profusely sitting at a kitchen table armed with a knife suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds.  

The Yarmouth Fire Department was contacted and staged in a nearby secure area while Police Officers quickly removed the mother and a young child from the residence-established a secure perimeter-and negotiated with the man to drop his weapon and receive treatment.

During the encounter the man repeatedly threatened the officers with the knife and continued to harm himself.  A Yarmouth Police Officer-equipped with a less lethal weapon-was quickly able to convince the man to cooperate and he was disarmed.

The 23-year old man was treated at the scene and transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis for medical and psychiatric assistance.

Members of the Barnstable County Crime Scene Investigation Unit arrived and recovered the weapon and provided photographic services.

The man is expected to recover from his wounds and will be summonsed in the future to the Barnstable District Court for charges of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and Disorderly Conduct.

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