Tech rescue in Harwich after vehicle ends up on side in construction trench

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HARWICH – A technical rescue response was requested to Harwich around 11:45 AM. According to reports, a vehicle ended up on its side in a 4 foot deep construction trench near the intersection of Depot Road and Denise Lane. Two people were stuck in the Toyota Rav4 but were reportedly uninjured.

About 1:15 PM it was reported with the services of the tech rescue team and a heavy duty tow truck that both occupants had been extricated from the vehicle. Both were taken to Cape Cod Hospital for evaluation.

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Statement from Harwich Fire: The Harwich Fire Department responded to a report of a car into a construction trench on Depot Street this morning. The incident required the activation of the County Technical Rescue Team. 2 individuals were transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Details: A one vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Depot St and Denise Lane in the North Harwich section of town. A vehicle fell into a construction trench for a gas line project. No other vehicles were involved, and the project was for the installation of new gas main, so there was no danger of a natural gas leak.

The Barnstable County Regional Technical Rescue Team was requested by Chief Clarke while he was responding to the scene, and upon his arrival he determined that the team would in fact be required to help safely remove the occupants. The team, made up of firefighters from throughout Barnstable County, arrived on scene and worked with the tow company to stabilize the vehicle and remove the two occupants.

Once the occupants were removed they were evaluated by Harwich Fire personnel and transported to Cape Cod Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The team then assisted the tow company with removal of the vehicle from the trench.

The crash is under investigation by the Harwich Police Department.

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