Falmouth crash; Thunderstorms pound Cape; Centerville crash; Route 6 rollover

CWN Storm team: Thunderstorms pound Lower & Outer Cape
Lightning strike ruptures gas main, knocks out power in Eastham

     Lightning struck powerlines along Route 6 in North Eastham rupturing a gas main creating this scene.
EASTHAM - Severe thunderstorms pounded the Outer Cape Saturday morning. Warnings went out around 8 a.m. Lightning struck power lines and and ruptured a gas main along Route 6 in North Eastham near the Wellfleet town line creating quite a show as captured by a CWN reader. No one was injured but power was knocked out in the area.  Route 6 had to be closed until NStar could cut the power. Crews worked much of the day as thunder continued to rumble and the gas fed fires burned. Elsewhere dime size hail was reported in Orleans and a large tree was felled in Provincetown. Meanwhile outer Cape fire departments responded to several possible strikes and fire alarms that were activated. Fortunately no fires were reported.
Editors note: sorry for the delay-just got into NC on way north

Driver escapes injury in Route 6 rollover
- State Police are investigating a rollover crash on Route 6 east bound just past the exit 7 (Willow Street) exit just after midnight. The vehicle wound up on its roof but fortunately the driver was not injured. Story by Richard Copley.

Rear-end crash injures one in Falmouth
FALMOUTH - Just before 8 p.m. a Dodge Stratus, with a female driver and her daughter who were in town with a visiting hockey team apparently attempted to make a last minute turn from south bound East Falmouth Highway (Route 28) when it was struck from behind by a Ford Pickup. The force of the crash caused air bags in both vehicles to deploy and sent the two female occupants of the Dodge to Falmouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The location of the crash and the increased weekend traffic posed a challange to Falmouth PD who managed to keep traffic moving by detouring south bound traffic around the scene on side streets with northbound traffic moving on the open lane northbound. Story and photo by Eric Tinglof.

Centerville rear-end crash
- At 11:30 a.m. Saturday Barnstable pd and Centerville Fire responded to a rear end car vs van crash on Route 28 near Strawberry Hill Road. One lane of Route 28 toward Hyannis was closed. Police directing traffic has to contend with a convoy of military tankers loaded with flamable gasoline passing by. The female driver from the van that was rear ended was treated at the scene and transported to CCH with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the carer of the car was cited for several motor vehicle offenses. Story by Frank Paparo.



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