MARSTONS MILLS – An off-duty Barnstable Police Officer and some civilian passersby rolled a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck off of a critically injured crash patient last evening. The vehicle was on its side and the patient (possibly the driver, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed) was trapped underneath the driver’s side door area, according to Captain Brian Morrison of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills Fire Department.
The first report of the single vehicle crash came into the Barnstable PD at 7:50 p.m. last evening, according to police officials. Barnstable patrol units, COMM FD ambulances and FD support vehicles were immediately dispatched to the area of 300 Lovells Lane for reports of a rollover with two occupants possibly entrapped.
While en route, first responders learned the occupants had already been freed from the wreckage, but there were injuries.
While rolling the vehicle off of the seriously injured patient, the off-duty cop and civilians managed to return the truck to its wheels, in an upright position.
The occupant who had been trapped underneath the vehicle was reportedly in very rough shape. COMM FD checked on the availability of a Medflight helicopter and were told that one could arrive within about 25 minutes, which was a surprisingly reasonable response time considering the region’s foul weather conditions only about an hour earlier. According to Captain Morrison, the male who had been stuck underneath the vehicle became not stable enough to fly and a decision was made to transport him directly to Cape Cod Hospital. The patient was described as being in his mid to late 20s and the hospital was placed on trauma alert awaiting his arrival. Once in CCH care, the young patient was eventually stabilized enough to be flown to an off-Cape trauma center, according to officials. His injuries were considered life-threatening and his current condition is unknown at the time of this report.
A second occupant of the rolled-over Tacoma, a male believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s, was also hurt. He was said to be up and walking around on scene but still was transported to CCH with injuries not believed to be life-threatening at the time of this report.
Once the patients had been taken care of, the scene was turned over to investigating police officers. Because one patient had life-threatening injuries, the Barnstable Police Department’s accident reconstruction unit responded to investigate. A member of the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Unit also reportedly responded to assist with photos.
The Barnstable Police Department is still investigating the cause of the crash. HN will provide official updates as they become available.
The following HN Video contains first responder emergency radio transmissions. It also contains HN stills of the crashed pickup after it had been removed from the scene. The stills also show the scene, including shots of reconstruction paint marks.
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