Multiple Crashes in Wareham as Truck Driver Trapped, Three Injured
WAREHAM — A tractor trailer driver was trapped in a crash on Route 25 earlier today in which crews worked for an hour to extricate the victim before he was airlifted to the hospital.
Six other incidents also took place within two hours, one of which was a second Route 25 crash that saw three more people injured.
Just after noon on Monday, Wareham Fire crews were called out to a motor vehicle crash on Route 25 West near the I-195 exit involving a semi truck on its side.
Both on- and off-duty firefighters responded to the scene, where the truck driver was trapped and in need of extraction from the vehicle.
According to a release from the fire department, following a "very involved extrication" that lasted around an hour, the driver was safely removed and placed in the care of emergency medical services.
The victim was taken by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital.
Wareham Fire Chief Matthew Rowley commented, “This was a difficult extrication not only because of the heat and humidity, but by the way the operator was pinned in the vehicle.”
During this incident the Wareham Fire Department also responded to five additional calls, including two medical calls, a smoke detector alarm, a carbon monoxide alarm, and another crash on Marion Road.
All five of the other calls took place within an hour.
They were all handled by standby crews who staffed two engines and a squad truck, while fire alarm operator Karen Metell coordinated the response.
A short while later, at 1:51 p.m. just after the initial crews returned to the station, a second crash was reported on Route 25.
This incident involved three vehicles with multiple non-life-threatening injuries.
Three people were taken to Tobey Hospital and one was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital.