Updated 9 am, Thursday
Massachusetts State Police are investigating a two car crash on Barnes Road that injured five people. Three of the injured, all New Hampshire residents, were transferred by MedFlight from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to Boston area hospitals with serious injuries.
The accident occurred just north of the entrance to the Mobil Gas Station at the entrance to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Business Park as Island residents and visitors celebrated the Fourth of July on a sunny, hot and humid day.
“A Jeep with four occupants from New Hampshire was traveling northbound on the Barnes Road extension when it apparently pulled to its right, to the side of the road,” according to a State Police press release. “At that time, a Volkswagen Tiguan operated by a Cambridge man was travelling behind the Jeep in the same direction, and came up on the left side of the Jeep. As the Tiguan neared the Jeep, the Jeep turned to its left into a U-turn. As it did so, the front end of the Tiguan broadsided the Jeep, causing a 21-year-old Berlin, N.H., woman to be ejected from the Jeep’s back seat and causing injuries to the four other people involved.”
The Berlin, N.H., woman was transported to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston by medical helicopter with life-threatening injuries, State Police said. Her fellow back seat Jeep passenger, a Dummer, N.H., man in his early 20s, also suffered potential life-threatening injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
A third victim, a 52-year-old Dummer, N.H., woman, who was a front seat passenger in the Jeep, also suffered serious injuries and was taken by medical helicopter to a Boston hospital.
The Jeep’s driver, a 52-year-old Dummer, N.H., man, and the Tiguan’s driver, a 19-year-old Cambridge man, were transported by ambulance to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.
Island police, fire and rescue personnel rushed to the scene. Just about the time parade goers were making their way to Edgartown, police closed off Barnes Road between the blinker intersection and West Tisbury Road.
The State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section arrived by plane that afternoon to begin an investigation as to the causes of the accident. Troopers from the State Police Crime Scene Services and Cape and Islands Detective Unit are also assisting troopers from the Oak Bluffs State Police Barracks and Edgartown Police with the investigation, according to a press release.
Rescue personnel searched nearby woods for one victim who was ejected from the Jeep in the crash, a witness reported. Rescuers needed special equipment to extricate another victim from a vehicle.