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|Accident-prone: Busy weekend for fire fighters on Route 3|
|Written by Gillian Smith|
|Wednesday, 07 August 2013 10:10|
Duxbury and Pembroke fire departments used the Jaws of Life to extract the driver from the early morning crash on Route 3.
Route 3 proved to be a hot spot for accidents this weekend, as the Duxbury Fire De- partment was kept very busy responding to multiple accidents and a car fire.
Duxbury Fire and Emergency personnel responded to a fully involved car fire at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday morning on Route 3 southbound near Elm Street, just before exit 10. While department personnel were responding to the car fire, traffic slowed down on the northbound side of Route 3 as drivers tried to see what was happening.
“Northbound traffic slowed down and drivers started rubbernecking to see what was happening on our side,” said Deputy Chief Christopher West. “One car stopped and the one behind it didn’t and then we had to call an ambulance for the other side of the highway.”
While Duxbury firefighters were working on the car fire, an ambulance was called from Kingston to assist with the motor vehicle accident on the northbound side and to transport victims to Jordan Hospital.
Meanwhile, in the process of cleaning up the northbound accident, a towtruck driver notified the fire department of another accident farther up the southbound road. A Duxbury ambulance was called to the scene of that accident to transport patients to Jordan Hospital. All in all, Route 3 was shut down for just under an hour.
“It’s easy for drivers to get distracted and not pay attention when they drive by accidents, especially at one o’clock in the morning,” West said.
The Jaws of Life were also used in an early morning crash late last week on Route 3.
Later in the day on Sunday, Duxbury Fire responded to a motor vehicle accident at approximately 2 p.m. on Route 3, where a car veered off the road into the center median and struck a couple of trees. West said the Jaws of Life were used to extricate the 86- year-old female driver. Route 3 was closed for about 30 minutes for this accident.
“There was significant damage to the motor vehicle and the driver was transported to South Shore Hospital,” he said. “Last I was updated, she only suffered minor injuries and will be okay.”
A car veered off of Route 3 Sunday afternoon, striking a couple of trees in the center median before coming to a stop. The driver suffered minor injuries.