Harwich MCI; Centerville car vs bike; Hyannis crash; Yarmouth 15th OUI; news briefs

Two vehicle crash in Mashpee

     Two vehicles collided on Route 28 by the Deer Crossing plaza in Mashpee.
MASHPEE - A Two vehicle crash on Falmouth Road (Route 28) at the entrance to Deer Crossing shopping center in Mashpee just after 5 p.m. sent one person to Falmouth Hospital.

A Volvo sedan was stopped to make a left turn into the shopping center from Route 28 south. A vehicle going north on Route 28 slowed and waved the Volvo across the left lane, but a Toyota Corolla sedan traveling north reportedly passed the slowed vehicle and hit the passenger side of the Volvo broadside.

The passenger of the Toyota was treated and transported to Falmouth Hospital by Mashpee Fire Rescue, the driver of the Volvo and the driver of the Toyota declined treatment and transport. Mashpee police were on scene investigating the crash and keeping traffic flowing.

Story and photos by Eric Tinglof.

Driver injured in hit & run crash
COTUIT - Barnstable Police are looking for a driver allegedly involved in a hit and run crash that left the other driver injured. Rescuers found the victim's vehicle on Route 28 in Cotuit near Santuit-Newtown Road around 4:45 p.m. The driver was taken to CCH with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect vehicle reportedly driven by a young male was last seen traveling towards Hyannis. Further details were not immediately available.

Photo by Frank Paparo.

Several injured in Harwich crash
- Several people have been injured in a major crash in Harwich. Three vehicles collided on the ramp from Route 6 to Route 137 (Exit 11) shortly before 4 p.m.  Wednesday.  A Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) declaration brought several ambulances to the scene.  Five people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with unknown injuries. Some of the victims had to be extricated from their vehicles with the Jaws of Life.  Traffic was heavily backed up in the area including along Route 6 westbound.  Police are investigating the crash.

Vehicle vs bicycle in Centerville

    A driver offers shelter from the rain to a bicyclist he collided with in Centerville.
CENTERVILLE - At 1:20 p.m. Wednesday Barnstable Police responded to a car vs bicycle crash on Old Stage Road at Great Marsh Road in Centerville.

A Volvo wagon had collided with the bicyclist.

The cyclist was apparently experiencing back pain.

The driver of the Volvo stayed with the victim and used an umbrella to shield him from the rain until officials arrived.

A Town of Barnstable municipal vehicle came upon the scene and reported the crash to authorities.

Barnstable Police are investigating the crash.

The victim was evaluated by Centerville rescuers but declined transport to the hospital and was given a ride home.


Photos by Frank Paparo.

Three-vehicle Hyannis crash

    One person was injured and traffic was tied up after this three-vehicle crash in Hyannis.
HYANNIS - A three-vehicle crash in Hyannis on Wednesday caused major delays for the morning commute. A Chrysler Sebring, Toyota Avalon and Ford pickup truck collided at Route 28 and Pitcher's Way around 8 a.m. The driver of the Sebring was extricated and taken to Cape Cod Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Barnstable Police are investigating.
Photos by Frank Paparo.

Man arrested for 15th OUI in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH - On Wednesday around 1:30 a.m., Yarmouth Police Patrol Investigator Scott Lundegren observed a 1994 Toyota Camry operating east on Route 28 in South Yarmouth and allegedly traveling the wrong direction into the exit lane of the intersection at Old Main Street. Patrol Investigator Lundegren subsequently further observed the same vehicle drifting from side to side in and out of the marked travel lane of Old Main Street nearly striking the sidewalk curbing in front of the South Yarmouth Library.

Patrol Investigator Lundegren stopped the vehicle and identified the operator. During the encounter Patrol Investigator Lundegren reportedly noticed signs of alcohol use and impairment as the operator had bloodshot eyes, unclear speech, and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. The operator subsequently failed a series of standardized field sobriety tests including Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, One Leg Stand, Walk and Turn and Preliminary Breath Test, and was placed under arrest for OUI.

Upon arrival at Yarmouth Police Headquarters a check of his history revealed 14 prior arrests for OUI and 9 prior convictions. A check of his license status revealed that it was valid only between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for employment purposes.

The suspect, 59-year-old William P. Rose of South Yarmouth, was charged with Felony OUI 10th Offense, Unlicensed, Operating to Endanger, Failure to Stay Within Marked Lanes, and Defective Equipment. Rose was held on bail and was scheduled for arraignment at Barnstable District Court Wednesday morning. His motor vehicle is impounded at Yarmouth Police Headquarters pending forfeiture.

Mugshot furnished by YPD.

News Briefs:
Rollover closes Sandwich Road during morning commute
- One person was taken to Falmouth Hospital for evaluation after a rollover crash on Sandwich Road near the Gallo Ice Arena. The injuries are not considered life-threatening. Bourne Police are investigating the crash which forced the closure of Sandwich Road for a time during the morning commute.

Equipment failure knocks out power
- About 6,000 NStar customers in Harwich, Brewster and Dennis lost power for about 30-40 minutes Wednesday morning.  According to NStar, equipment at a substation in Harwich failed triggering the outage.

Hurricane season safety advice
- The Truro Emergency Management Agency offers the following information for people with unique needs.  Emergencies such as hurricanes can present real challenges to some citizens in Truro who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, as well as the elderly and other residents with unique needs. Therefore, the Truro Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) offers a number of important steps to help ensure your safety as well as the safety of our friends, neighbors, and family members.

Listed are a number of tips, covering a variety of issues which should be considered as one prepares for hurricane season.  For those with unique situations, this planning is important, not just in preparation for hurricanes, but year-round, for any type of emergency.

Personal Support Network or Self-Help Team

Create a Personal Support Network or Self-Help Team.  They can help you identify and acquire resources; as well as assist you before, during and after the hurricane has passed.  Your team should include roommates, relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers because disasters might strike when you are at home, school, the workplace, volunteer site, or wherever you spend a lot of time.  Teach others on your team to operate any special equipment you might utilize as well as where you keep your emergency supplies.  Complete a Personal Assessment of what you can do for yourself and what assistance you may need to respond to the challenges of a hurricane, based on the environment during and after the storm, your capabilities, and your limitations.

Alert Warning Systems

Find out about your community's Alerting Warning Systems. Learn what methods are utilized in your community. They could include: outdoor sirens or horns, the Emergency Alert System (EAS) which provides information over the radio and television, the NOAA Weather Alert Radio, one of a number of automated telephoning systems for sending recorded messages such as 'All Call', 'Reverse 911 ' or 'Code Red', commercial News Media, Residential Route Alerting, which dispatches Public Safety vehicles through neighborhoods announcing messages with public address systems or literally 'knocking on doors', U. S. Coast Guard Marine Broadcast, and Teletypewriters (TIY).

Disaster Kit

Develop the standard Disaster Supply Kit for your home, with supplies to accommodate you for up to 3-5 days.  Also, from that you can should be able to pull key items for a Portable Kit if asked to evacuate.  Depending upon your needs, you may want to include extra eyeglasses, hearing aid batteries, wheel chair batteries, oxygen, the style and serial number of your medical devices, a list of your medications including dosage, a list of you  allergies, medical insurance information and medical cards, and if you utilize a wheelchair  include heavy gloves to help make your way over glass and debris.

Emergency Plan

Make an Emergency Plan. As part of your overall planning, include a Family Communication Plan to best inform others of your condition and whereabouts. If you receive regular services, make a plan with each provider about their disaster plans and how to contact them. Work with them to identify back-up services.  Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability.  Label any special equipment including wheel chairs, walkers or canes with your contact information.

If asked to evacuate, inform your Team where you are staying, because it may not always be the first choice in your Plan, for example, a public shelter, relative, friend or hotel.

Find the location of the main utility cutoff valves and switches in your home, and how and when to disconnect them during an emergency, either by yourself or a Team member.

Prepare Your Pets & Service Animals

Prepare an Emergency Kit for your service animal and pets; include collars & leashes, a three-day supply of food, a manual can opener, plenty of water, bowls, litter boxes, photographs, and a week's supply of your pets' medications and instructions in case you and your animals are separated.

Service animals may become frightened or confused during or after a hurricane. Be prepared to calm your animal and keep it confined or on a leash or harness. Make sure your service animal is familiar with your Team members, who may be asked to help care for them following the storm.  Keep pictures of your pets or service animals for identification purposes, in case you are separated.  In case your service animal is unable to assist you, be prepared to use alternative ways to negotiate your environment.

Special Shelters

Most people should be able to function well at a regular public shelter, although people with more serious needs might be directed to a "special populations" shelter where medical issues can receive appropriate attention.  When needed, be sure to ask for an accommodation from disaster personnel.

For additional information about hurricane preparedness, visit www.mass.gov/mema.

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