MARSTONS MILLS – Police and firefighters responded to the area of 998 Route 149 shortly before midnight last evening for a report of single vehicle crash.
One witness told HN he had been suddenly awakened by the loud crash before rushing from his bedroom to check on the driver. The small 4 door SUV was heavily damaged after taking a chunk out of utility pole and plowing into a parked tractor trailer truck, knocking it off its front axle and sending it flying. The force of the crash also punctured the truck’s fuel tank, which contained about 75 gallons of diesel at the time, its contents pouring out into the soil…
The single vehicle had obviously struck with tremendous force, bits and pieces of wreckage were spread far and wide, and witnesses were amazed the female driver was still conscious and not seriously injured, merely complaining about a sore foot.
Witnesses were also very surprised when the driver, described as being in her 20s, reportedly asked them not to call the police. But the level of destruction was too much to ignore and the damage was not going to “buff out.”
The injured driver was transported to CCH with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. A member of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to take photos. A Barnstable Police patrolwoman also responded to the hospital to investigate further. According to police sources, the driver was eventually booked for OUI and the investigation remains ongoing.
The crash scene was a mess. A Ziggy’s tow truck operator was able to remove the heavily damaged SUV but the tractor trailer truck was axle-less, leaking fuel, requiring special attention and heavy equipment. Buckler’s Towing Service brought in one of their heavy wreckers along with a separate van containing equipment to vacuum the diesel from the damaged tank. According to a police radio transmission, they were able to remove about 60 gallons from the leaking tank before towing the axle-less tractor trailer away from the scene.
According to sources, the Department of Environmental Protection is expected to respond to the fuel spill scene later this morning… [DEVELOPING]
The following HN highlights the messy scene…