North Firefighters respond to three vehicle accidents in 30 minutes

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Crews work to repair utility poles damaged in an accident Wednesday evening. The driver was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. Staff Photo/Max Bowen

By Max Bowen-max.bowen@northstarreporter.com

The North Attleborough Fire Department responded to numerous calls for service Wednesday night, including a vehicle engulfed in flames.

According to information sent by the department, on Sept. 16 at approximately 7:15 p.m., NAFD responded to the area of Smith and Cross Streets for a report of a single-vehicle crash. Upon arrival, crews found that a Dodge Durango had crashed into two utility poles, knocking both over.

Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to extricate the male operator of the vehicle, who was transported by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening. A portion of Smith Street was closed while crews worked to clear the scene and repair the poles.

A short while later, at approximately 7:45 p.m., there were simultaneous calls for different incidents. The first was a report of a crash involving two vehicles on Route 95 in the area of the Route 152 bridge. Two patients, a male and female with non-life threatening injuries, were treated on scene and transported to area hospitals by Mansfield paramedics.

While crews responded to the crash, they received reports of a box truck that was stuck in traffic on Route 95 and engulfed in flames. Firefighters found the truck on fire with flames coming from the engine compartment and spreading to the main cabin. Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the flames and prevent the fire from spreading to the propane, gasoline, and acetylene containers that were being transported in the back of the truck.

No injuries were reported as a result of the truck fire.

The Mansfield and Attleboro Fire Departments provided mutual aid at the scene of both incidents on Route 95. Portions of Route 95 were closed for a period of time due to the crash and truck fire.

I would like to commend all North Attleborough firefighters and our mutual aid partners from Attleboro and Mansfield who assisted us in responding to these incidents last night Thanks to their quick and efficient responses, we were able to render aid to all parties involved in each incident,” said Deputy Chief Michael Chabot.