UPDATE: 60-year-old Hyannis man will be charged with OUI after crashing into Sandwich home last evening… [HN VIDEO]
Sandwich PD Media Statement:
MV Crash into a building…
The Sandwich Police Department is investigating a motor vehicle crash into a residential home. On 1/24/2020 at 12:24 am, Sandwich Police and Fire departments were dispatched to the area of Route 6A and Liberty Street where a vehicle had crashed into the residential home. The operator, a 60 year old Hyannis man, was transported by Sandwich Ambulance personnel to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A Barnstable County Sheriff’s investigator assisted at the scene.
As a result of the investigation, the operator will be summonsed to Barnstable District Court for charges of Operating Under the Influence and Operating to Endanger. The crash remains under investigation by the Sandwich Police Department.
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INITIAL HN REPORT:
SANDWICH – Police and firefighters rushed to 20 Liberty Street at about 12:30 a.m. this morning after receiving a call from a homeowner saying a vehicle had just dropped about 8 feet and crashed. Then first responders learned the vehicle had also crashed into to the front of the man’s house…
The injured driver was still inside the vehicle and possibly stuck behind the wheel, according to the homeowner.
When HN arrived on scene, firefighters had managed to get the driver out onto the ground next to the passenger-side door, where they began first aid, eventually securing the man onto a stretcher. He was then transported via ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital.
The car had apparently traveling east on Route 6A when it crashed through a small tree, crossed Liberty Street, drove over a fence and dropped about 8 feet before slamming into the front of number 20 Liberty street.
A husband and wife were both inside at the time of crash. The wife told HN she had been sleeping when she heard the loud crash, initially thinking it may had been her husband downstairs accidentally dropping wood into a bin while feeding the wood stove.
Moments later she realized a car had stoved-in the front wall of her home.
The owners told HN the house was built in 1840. The wife had grown up in the home which has been part of her family since the 1800s. This had been the first time a car had ever crashed into it.
HN learned the exterior walls were made of solid post and beam construction, which may be the reason why there wasn’t much more damage to the structure than there already was.
The building inspector reportedly had responded and concluded the structure was still sound.
As you will see in the following HN Video, Buckler’s Towing had to bring in very expensive heavy equipment to carefully hoist the vehicle up and out.
The Sandwich Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash.
The following HN Video highlights this morning’s dramatic crash scene… [DEVELOPING]