State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Sandwich

Massachusetts State Police Release–01062012–State Police Investigate Fatal Crash in Sandwich

Today at 5:20 a.m., troopers assigned to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Bourne responded to reports of a single car motor vehicle crash on Route 6 westbound, in Sandwich that resulted in a fatality.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Terry Nugent indicates that a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria was being operated by Jeffrey McGrath, a 55year old male from Harwichport, Massachusetts.  The vehicle was driving westbound when it skidded off of the roadway, into the wood line and striking a tree.

The Sandwich Fire Department removed the victim from the car and transported him to Cape Cod Hospital in critical condition. The victim of the crash later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

The Bourne Barracks received numerous calls for icy roadways on Route 6 and Route 3 this morning and is being considered as a possible factor in the crash. There were also numerous reports of minor car crashes and reports of cars having difficulty ascending the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges.

The facts and circumstances of the crash still remain under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section. The Sandwich Fire Department and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Highway Division also assisted at the scene.

The right travel lane was closed for a period of time to accommodate the rescue response and crash investigation.

No further information is available at this time. Please do not call the barracks directly.