UPDATED: Two dead in horrific crash in Cotuit

– Barnstable Police are confirming to Matt Pitta that two people have been killed in a horrific crash that occurred in Cotuit sometime after midnight. The crash happened on Falmouth Road (Route 28) near Route 130. According to reports, one vehicle caught fire. One person was reportedly trapped in the wreckage and a second was ejected. CWN has learned Mashpee Police were trying to stop a vehicle just before the crash but it was not clear if a pursuit was ongoing. MedFlight was not available due to weather. One victim was taken to South Shore Hospital trauma center in Weymouth. Route 28 was closed for an extended time for crash reconstruction and investigation. Barnstable Police say one person was dead at the scene and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. We’ll bring you further details as they become available.

Update: Early Saturday afternoon Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline released the following statement “In the early morning hours of July 28, 2018, a tragic accident occurred in the Town of Barnstable resulting in the death of two individuals. We are in the early stages of what is going to be a comprehensive and thorough investigation into the Mashpee Police Department’s involvement of the facts and circumstances leading up to this terrible tragedy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families at this time.”

Cotuit Fire press release: Cotuit Fire received a call for a motor vehicle crash with multiple patients, entrapment, a car fire and patient ejection. Engines were dispatched from the Mashpee and Marstons Mills Stations and ambulances from the Cotuit, Mashpee and Centerville Stations. Upon location we found a two car accident with three patients. One vehicle was a large SUV with a single occupant who was pinned in the vehicle. The Occupant was extricated with the jaws of life and transported in a Cotuit Ambulance to the South Shore Hospital where they later died. The second vehicle was a Toyota passenger car which was split in two in the collision. The two occupants were ejected from the vehicle and the vehicle was on fire. One of the occupants was an obvious fatality and not transported and the second patient was transported in a Centerville ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital and later transferred to a Boston with life threatening injuries. Barnstable and Mashpee Police were on scene and assisted in patient treatment and extrication.

Barnstable Police press release: On July 28, 2018 at 12:10 am, Barnstable Police were called to a head-on motor vehicle collision on Rte. 28 in Cotuit near the Mashpee town line. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2000 Toyota sedan, operated by a 22-year-old male from Fall River, with a 24-year-old female passenger from New Bedford, was traveling east on Rte. 28 when it collided head-on with a west bound 2012 GMC SUV being operated by a 32-year-old Mashpee man. The Fall River man was pronounced dead at the accident scene and his female companion was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in critical condition. The Mashpee man sustained severe injuries and was taken to South Shore Hospital where he later passed away. Rte. 28 in Cotuit was shut-down for several hours while the Barnstable Police Accident Reconstruction Team worked the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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