The Mashpee Fire Department will have to find an ambulance to use temporarily in the wake of a crash that damaged the axle of Mashpee’s new ambulance and sent six people to the hospital.
The crash occurred Monday morning, January 13, when the Mashpee ambulance was struck while heading east on Route 28 in Centerville. The ambulance was transporting a patient to Cape Cod Hospital, using both its lights and its siren.
Police say that a vehicle pulling out of East Osterville Road struck the driver’s side of the ambulance, damaging the ambulance’s axle. The ambulance then struck three other vehicles before coming to a stop. The ambulance and four other vehicles were towed from the scene.
The operator of the vehicle that struck the ambulance was cited for failure to use care in starting.
The ambulance damaged in the accident was purchased this past December by the Mashpee Fire Department. Mashpee Fire Chief Thomas C. Rullo said the vehicle has only 2,900 miles on it.
Chief Rullo said that the damaged ambulance can be repaired, but the town is currently waiting on an adjuster to assess the damage.
Chief Rullo said that in the interim, the Mashpee Fire Department can either borrow an ambulance from a nearby town or from an ambulance dealer.
Six individuals were transported to the hospital after the accident. The patient that the ambulance was transporting and two other individuals were taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and three members of the Mashpee Fire Department were transported by ambulance to Falmouth Hospital. All three firefighters were treated and released on Monday.