Hyannis crash involving a school van sends 9 to hospital

Hyannis crash involves a school van - see video below

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The driver of a Nissan Frontier involved in the crash was Medflighted to Boston.

HYANNIS -  Shortly before 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a three-vehicle crash occurred on Route 132, injuring nine people, including five young children.  The crash happened in hyannis103008b_250front of the new Circuit City store.

One of the drivers suffered serious injuries and
has been taken by Medflight hospital to Boston.

The crash involved a school bus van from the Crystal Gardens Child Care Center in Hyannis, a black Mercedes sedan and a red Nissan Frontier pickup truck.

Barnstable Police Sgt. Sean Sweeney said the driver of the pickup truck, Nancy Foley, 46, of Plymouth had pulled out of the Christmas Tree Shop plaza onto Route 132 and was straddling the two southbound lanes (those heading toward the Airport Rotary), waiting for the traffic in the northbound lanes to open. Sergeant Sweeney said she apparently either wanted to head north on Route 132 or cross the lanes to go into McDonald's.

Witnesses told police that a Mercedes Benz at the time was traveling south on Route 132 at a high rate of speed toward the rotary. Sergeant Sweeney said the Mercedes, which was driven by Walter Unis, 48, of Sandwich, struck Foley's truck directly in the side.

According to witnesses, the force of the impact seemed to send the pickup truck airborne, colliding with the van, which was traveling north on Route 132. Sergeant Sweeney said the truck struck the driver's side front corner and the driver's side door of the van. The name of the van driver was not available early Thursday afternoon.

Police said the collision injured nine people: Foley, Unis, and two adults and five children in the van. The children ranged in age from 15 months to five years.

An accident reconstruction team began work at the site following the crash. Sergeant Sweeney said no one has yet been cited in the collision.

A stretch of Route 132 from the rotary to the traffic lights at the mall was closed to traffic while Barnstable police and Hyannis firefighters cleared the vehicles and debris from the scene.

According to officials, the injuries sustained by the children did not appear to be serious. The victims were taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation and treatment by both Hyannis  and Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Rescue.  Foley was taken by Medflight to a Boston hospital.  Police have described Foley's injuries as serious.

Photos and video by David Curran.

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