Chepachet fire chief seriously injured in motorcycle crash

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WRENTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — The chief of the Chepachet Fire Department was flown to the hospital with serious injuries following a motorcycle crash in Wrentham over the weekend.

According to Wrentham police, the crash took place around 5:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of South and West Streets.

The operator, identified as Chepachet Fire Chief Robert Dauphinais, 50, was found lying face down in the roadway. First responders tended to Dauphinais before a medical helicopter arrived to transport him to a trauma center in Boston.

Dauphinais’ wife was a passenger on the motorcycle. She suffered less serious injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

“His condition is unchanged from when he was on the accident scene,” said Harmony District Fire Chief Robert Waterman. “They put him in an induced coma to allow him to recuperate and rest.”

Waterman has known Dauphinais for many years and described him as a family man.

“You’re not going to find a nicer person,” said Waterman.

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