Close call in Dennis; Severe storm; Yarmouth crash; Centerville crash; 2 hurt in Mashpee wipe-out on Rt 151; Centerville crash

Tragedy averted when brakes fail on Route 28

    Incredibly the driver of this car walked away after losing his brakes and ending up in the trees.
WEST DENNIS - Quick wits and good luck helped avert what could have been a potentially tragic outcome around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a Dennisport man lost his brakes as he drove his Honda Accord east on Route 28 in West Dennis. Momentum carried him up the hill past the Ezra Baker School. He spotted Dennis Fire Department Headquarters and says that he thought about swerving into the parking lot and attempting to dissipate speed by making tight circles. Instead, he turned into the parking lot of the Dennis Firestone dealership at 895 Route 28 just a few feet past the fire station. That was his last chance to get off the road. If he hadn't turned there, his vehicle would have proceeded down hill to the busy intersection of Route 134 and 28.

When he turned into the Firestone parking lot, he had two options: go straight or take a sharp left at the end of the building. Seeing large trees at the end of the parking lot, he chose to take the sharp left. When he rounded the corner of the building his car ran up a small pile of mulch and briefly went airborne before dropping down a steep banking and striking a small tree.

He climbed out of his car and up the banking and went to the fire station to report the accident. He was checked out by medics and found to be unhurt. Firefighters and Dennis police officer went to the scene and were briefly concerned about the possibility of a gasoline spill. They called for the "duty hook" which hauled the car out. Close inspection revealed that there was no gas leakage and the scene was secured.

Story and photos by Kevin Morley.

CWN Storm Team coverage of severe weather

    Looking west from Provincetown a wall cloud over Plymouth. The canal electric plant can be seen at left.
CAPE COD - Severe thunderstorms lashed the Truro and Wellfleet area early Saturday evening.

Reports say a tree was brought down on Gull Pond Road in Wellfleet which snagged power lines as well.

An amateur radio operator also reported quarter size hail in Wellfleet.

A CWN reader sent in a photo of the hail in Wellfleet. (lower right).

Truro Police confirm marble size hail in their town but no damage reports.

A weaker cell still had enough punch to keep NStar busy with scattered outages on the Mid and Upper Cape.

The same storm system had a history of producing a funnel cloud over the Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth.


Top photo by Tim Caldwell.

Four injured in Yarmouth crash
- Four people were injured in a crash in Yarmouthport about 6 p.m. Saturday. The crash happened on White Rock Road and Pine Street. One person had to be extricated from the wreckage. None of the injuries appear life-threatening. Yarmouth Police are investigating.

Wicked crash at Old Barnstable Road and Route 151 in Mashpee

- Just before 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon Mashpee Fire Rescue was called to a single vehicle crash on Old Barnstable Rd near the intersection with Rt 151. An Oldsmobile Cutlass with two occupants left the road and crashed into a tree. Cotuit Fire was called to assist with manpower for extraction and a second ambulance. Both occupants were treated at the scene and transported to Falmouth Hospital with  serious, but non life threatening injuries. Mashpee Police were on scene to assist and investigate the crash.

Photo by Eric Tinglof.

Several shaken up in drive-thru rear-ender
- At 9 a.m. today Centerville fire and Barnstable Police responded to a crash in the drive through at the TD Bank North in the Centerville Plaza off Route 28 near Old Stage Road. An SUV had rear-ended another SUV. There were several small children in one of the SUV's and one of the drivers was reportedly having an anxiety attack over the crash. Rescuers evaluated about a half-dozen people at the scene. All refused transport to the hospital. Barnstable Police are investigating the crash.

Story by Frank Paparo.

Yarmouth Police Host National Run for the Fallen
- The men and women of the Yarmouth Police Relief Association and the Yarmouth Police Department have organized a 4 mile run/walk this Sunday in support of the final day of the cross country memorial run, "Run for the Fallen." The total miles run by the participants of this event will be pledged toward a national combined mileage run that day honoring all service members killed in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

"Run for the Fallen" is a cross country memorial run that will be running one mile for every service member killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The event began on Flag Day, June 14 in California and has covered more than 4,000 miles and 13 states.

The dedicated team of runners will run their final day on August 24, ending in Arlington National Cemetery. It is on this final day, August 24, that the "Run for the Fallen" team is encouraging people across America to run in honor of our fallen service members from both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Yarmouth Police Relief Association and the Yarmouth Police Department will honor 4 service members from Cape Cod during a 4 mile run in South Yarmouth. Each of the 4 miles will be dedicated to one of the fallen troops.

Donations to support the Wounded Warrior Project will be accepted. If you have any questions please contact Yarmouth Police Relief Association President Paul Mellett at 508-775-0445 at extension 4725

WHO: All Members of the Public are Welcome and Encouraged to Participate

WHAT: Cape Cod "Run for the Fallen" Memorial 4 Mile Run/Walk

WHEN: August 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM Rain or Shine

WHERE: The Skipper Restaurant 152 South Shore Drive South Yarmouth

In honor of:

United States Army Sergeant Mark R. Vecchione Eastham KIA Ramadi, Iraq July 18, 2006

United States Army Sergeant Alexander H. Fuller Centerville KIA Baghdad, Iraq January 25, 2007

United States Army Sergeant Alicia A. Birchett Mashpee KIA Baghdad, Iraq August 9, 2007

United States Marine Corps PFC Daniel McGuire Mashpee KIA Fallujah, Iraq August, 14, 2008. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on