The Bourne Police Department is working to locate the individual responsible for a four-car crash that led to a temporary shutdown of the Sagamore Bridge last weekend.

The crash happened shortly before 10 PM Saturday night, February 27. Bourne Police Lieutenant John R. Stowe, Jr. said the driver of a black 2014 BMW sedan was going over the bridge headed onto the Cape. The driver drifted over the center line and sideswiped a gray/blue 2015 Mercedes Benz SUV leaving the Cape.

Both vehicles lost their front driver’s side tires in the collision, Lt. Stowe said. The BMW continued over the bridge onto the Cape and eventually was abandoned by the driver at the base of the bridge, the lieutenant said. The Mercedes slid to the bottom of the bridge on the off-Cape side, he said.

Two other vehicles, a blue 2017 Toyota RAV4 and a gray 2008 Audi, suffered damage when their drivers could not avoid debris in the road caused by the sideswiping, Lt. Stowe said. The Audi, he said, lost its oil pan, resulting in an oil spill across the bridge.

Traffic was temporarily detoured to the Bourne Bridge while the crash scene was cleaned up. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation was notified, and a private contractor was called in to clear the crash scene of all the oil, fluids and debris. The bridge was reopened to traffic at 12:20 AM Sunday morning, February 28.

Lt. Stowe said the owner of the BMW was identified as John W. Hardy, 49, from Hyannis. Investigators with the Barnstable Police Department spoke with Mr. Hardy about the incident on the bridge. He claimed that he was out of the state that night, Lt. Stowe said. Barnstable Police confirmed that Mr. Hardy had filed a stolen car report with their department, the lieutenant said.

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