Eastham Police Issue Statement on Today's Route 6 Crash

Crash closed highway for approximately six hours...
The scene on Route 6 this morning after a tractor trailer crashed while avoiding a vehicle that turned in front of it. (EPD photo)

From the Eastham Police Department:

On Monday, September 23, 2019, at approximately 11:40am the Eastham Police and Fire Departments received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash on Route 6 at Brackett Road. The first arriving police units found a tractor-trailer unit completely across Route 6 with the trailer on its side and the tractor still upright. There was an excavator machine still chained to the trailer, also on its side. The Eastham Fire Department arrived on scene and attended to a moderate amount of fuel that was leaking from the excavator. There were no injuries reported.

A preliminary on-scene investigation found that a southbound vehicle on Route 6 attempted to turn left onto Brackett Road. In doing so, the vehicle turned directly in front of the northbound tractor-trailer which was forced to swerve and brake heavily. In doing to the tractor-trailer became out of control and the trailer, carrying the excavator, rolled onto its side. The turning vehicle remained on scene and was identified and interviewed by Eastham Police.

Route 6 was completely closed for approximately 6 hours while the vehicle, trailer, and excavator were placed upright and removed from the scene. The Eastham Fire Department, along with the Eastham DPW, Mass DOT, and Mass DEP, coordinated the cleanup of the fuel spill in the roadway. There was also significant damage done to the road surface, which was temporarily repaired by the Eastham DPW and Mass DOT. Route 6 was re-opened at approximately 5:45pm.

The Eastham DPW along with the Wellfleet Police Department also assisted with setting up and maintaining traffic detour routes.

The crash remains under investigation by Eastham Police Officer Ryan Daigle.

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