FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) — A stretch of Route 240 South in Fairhaven was closed for hours Wednesday as police investigated a serious crash that sent four people to the hospital.
According to Lt. Kevin Kobza, the crash happened just before 1 p.m. Kobza said an investigation revealed the crash involved three vehicles, including a truck towing a boat.
He said driver of the truck had blown a tire on the boat trailer and pulled off to the right side of the road and onto the grass near the breakdown lane. Kobza said as the driver of the truck and the passenger were outside inspecting the tire, another driver lost control of their vehicle, hitting another car driving in the right lane in front of it.
Kobza said the car that lost control nearly struck the boat before leaving the roadway. The car that was hit from behind crashed into the boat, injuring the two men who were inspecting the tire.
According to Deputy Chief Todd Correia from the Fairhaven Fire Department, two of the victims were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with severe injuries, another was taken there in stable condition and the fourth victim was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with minor injuries.
Correia said one of the people who was severely injured had to be extricated from underneath the boat trailer. That person was taken to the hospital by Boston Medflight.
Kobza said the victims’ current conditions are unknown at this time. The vehicles were towed away from the scene and Route 240 was reopened just after 4 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash should contact the Fairhaven Police Department at (508) 997-7421.