Hazmat situation at Plymouth County Jail; Woman critically injured in Dennis Tuesday after being struck by Jeep; Car and landscaping truck collide in Falmouth Tuesday, one injured; Falmouth boy located Monday evening after townwide search

Several prisoners exposed to a toxic substance at Plymouth County Jail


   Guards and rescue personnel transport a prisoner to a decontamination area at the jail. David G. Curran Photo.

PLYMOUTH - Several prisoners at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility were reportedly exposed to mercury Tuesday afternoon, September 21, 2010.

According to emergency broadcast reports from the scene, 19 people were exposed to approximately 3 ounces of mercury as well as an unidentified powder.

Rescue personnel transported the prisoners involved in the Hazmat situation to a decontamination site at the jail.

Hazmat crews from Plymouth and Barnstable Counties, as well as the Department of Environmental Protection, responded to the scene.  Crews have been at the scene for several hours. 

Photos by David G. Curran.

Woman critically injured in Dennis Tuesday after being struck by Jeep

SOUTH DENNIS -At approximately 9:30 a.m., Tuesday morning, September 21, 2010, Dennis Police and Fire Rescue responded to the area of Upper County and Aunt Debby’s Roads in South Dennis for a report of a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle.

Upon arrival they found a 68-year-old South Dennis female lying in the roadway suffering from head and chest injuries.

The female pedestrian was given first aid at the scene and then transported to the ball field at the Ezra Baker Elementary School in West Dennis where she was transferred to a Boston MedFlight Helicopter then flown to Boston Medical Center.  The condition of the unidentified woman is being evaluated at this time.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the woman had been walking against traffic at the edge of the westbound lane on Upper County Road when she was struck by a 1999 Jeep Wrangler, traveling in that lane.

The Jeep was operated by Serena Scannell, 26, of Crestwood Lane in Dennisport.  Ms. Scannell was not injured in the accident.

The accident is being investigated by members of the Cape Cod Regional Law Enforcement  Accident Reconstruction Unit and Patrolman Thomas Downs.

Release courtesy of the Dennis Police Department. Photo by David G. Curran.

Car and landscaping truck collide in Falmouth Tuesday, one injured

FALMOUTH - One person was injured in a two-car accident in Falmouth Tuesday  morning, September 21, 2010 around 8:20 a.m.  A sedan and landscaping truck owned by Maffei Landscaping collided near 345 Old Barnstable Road. 

The operator of the sedan was transported to Falmouth Hospital with reported minor injuries. 

The roadway was shut down in both directions for over and hour as police and firefighters cleaned up a small fuel spill. 

Falmouth police are investigating the accident.

Photo by David G. Curran.

Falmouth boy located Monday evening after townwide search

FALMOUTH - Around 4:18 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2010,the Falmouth Police were notified that a 10-year-old Falmouth boy withAsperger's Syndrome was missing. In the past, the boy has left home,school and the doctor's office without permission on as many as twelvetimes.  He has also chosen to elude authorities in the past.

After receiving the call, the Falmouth Police Department launched atownwide search for the boy. Numerous agencies were called upon toassist with the search includingthe Barnstable County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit and Special ResponseTeam, Massachusetts State Police Patrol Units, Air Wing and K9 Units,Falmouth Fire & Rescue, the Falmouth Department of NaturalResources, the Falmouth Harbor Master, the Falmouth Police SpecialResponse Team and the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The Barnstable County Sheriff's Office Reverse 911 system was usedand proved to be very effective in the matter. Several citizensprovided key information about the location of the child as he traveledaround the area.

Around 9:30 p.m., the boy was found near the John Wesley MethodistChurch riding a bicycle about a half mile from where we originally wentmissing.

Release courtesy of the Falmouth Police Department.

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