A woman involved in a five-vehicle crash on the Mid-Cape Highway this week suffered far more serious injuries than originally reported by Massachusetts State Police.
Jack M. Tragni of North Attleboro refuted early claims by the state police of minor injuries to three of the victims in the crash. Mr. Tragni reported to The Enterprise that his mother, Jill Matthew, 54, from Centerville sustained a fractured spine, more than six fractures to multiples ribs, and a broken humerus.
“She is a flight attendant and was on her way to work,” Mr. Tragni said.
The crash happened Monday, July 29, around 3 PM near the Bourne and Sandwich town line.
On Tuesday, July 30, Massachusetts State Police reported that five vehicles were involved in the pileup on the west bound side of the mid-Cape Highway. The collision occurred about a mile from the Sagamore Bridge.
State Police spokesman Lieutenant Thomas Ryan reported that the five vehicles involved were a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck, a 2013 Chevrolet Express van, a 2017 Honda Pilot, a 2012 Fiat 500 and a 2013 Ford Transit van.
Mr. Tragni said his mother was driving the Fiat. He said his mother told him that she was stopped in traffic on the highway “when a van hit her from behind going full speed.”
She was initially taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Plymouth for treatment, but had to be emergency transported to the Intensive Care Unit at Beth Israel in Boston due to the severity of her injuries, Mr. Tragni said.
Mr. Tragni said his mother was scheduled to undergo major surgery on Wednesday,
Also injured in the crash were a 45-year-old woman from Forestdale who was driving the F150 pickup. She was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis. A 31-year-old woman from Buzzards Bay was driving the Honda Pilot. She was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Plymouth.
State police described the injuries to both those women as minor.
State troopers were at the scene of the crash for approximately two hours, until 5 PM, Lt. Ryan said. The crash caused numerous traffic backups in the area.
Lt. Ryan said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. At this point, no charges have been brought against any of the drivers involved in the crash, he said.