A four-car crash left the majority of Sandwich without power Wednesday afternoon, October 6, and shut down a stretch of Route 130 for more than 12 hours.
The crash occurred around 3 PM on Route 130, in the general vicinity of the Shawme Fish and Game Club, said Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McMahon.
A witness said an older white Dodge Caravan went off the road and struck a utility pole, which fell into the road blocking two lanes of traffic. The witness said the pole fell into the direct path of a motorcyclist who swerved to avoid the mess, spinning out and crashing into the woods.
Dep. Chief McMahon noted that a small truck and a boom truck were also involved in the crash. The police report was not completed by press time, so accident reconstruction details were unavailable.
“There’s a question of a vehicle hitting a telephone pole but also a question of a boom truck hooking onto wires and making the pole snap,” Dep. Chief McMahon said. “That’s where the confusion is.”
The stretch of Route 130 between Service Road and Jan Sebastian Drive was closed until 6:50 AM October 7, and during those hours, traffic was rerouted along Service Road to Quaker Meetinghouse Road.
Traffic was backed up in the area for much of the evening, causing lengthy delays during local rush hours, taking 45 minutes to get across town.
Local businesses in the area were forced to close because of the power outage and employees were sent home.
The motorcyclist, the boom truck operator and the operator of a small truck refused treatment and left the scene uninjured, Mr. McMahon said. The driver of the Dodge Caravan was transported to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Sandwich Police Department.