A pickup truck slammed into a telephone pole in Sandwich Saturday night, leaving a man trapped in the vehicle for nearly three hours because of dangling wires, according to the Sandwich Fire Department. A second man in the truck, the driver, was rescued quickly.
Police said in a press release that a small pickup was traveling west on Main Street when it hit the pole, trapping the men in the vehicle. Police responded at 11 p.m. to the site in the area of 102 Main St.
Scott F. Ames, Sandwich fire captain, said that firefighters found the truck wrapped around the telephone pole. “The top of the pole was being suspended with the service wires, hanging low near the vehicle,” Ames said.
He said firefighters rescued the driver within 10 minutes, but the passenger was trapped for nearly three hours.
Ames said it was the longest rescue he has been involved in.
The press release indicated that speed may have been a factor in the crash.
Police identified the driver as Kevin Dearing Mcgee, 29, of Forestdale, and the passenger as Daniel Evan Connolly, 29, of Sandwich, the release said. Mcgee was taken to South Shore Hospital for injuries that were severe but not life-threatening.
“He was talking [but] in quite a bit of pain throughout the extrication,” Ames said.
NStar responded and terminated power in the area, and firefighters were able to rescue Connolly from the vehicle. He, too, sustained severe but not life-threatening injuries and was flown to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, officials said.