Motorist airlifted after collision with emergency vehicle



Updated Aug. 4

An Edgartown emergency response and command pickup truck collided with a Hyundai Santa Fe Sunday morning in West Tisbury. The Hyundai driver was airlifted after the crash. The collision occurred on Edgartown-West Tisbury Road and caused long backups while the scene was examined and cleared.

West Tisbury Police Chief Matt Mincone said the crash was turned over to the Massachusetts State Police because it involved a municipal vehicle. The driver of the Santa Fe was a 47-year-old woman from Edgartown, according to Trooper James DeAngelis, a state police spokesman. She was transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and was subsequently airlifted to a Boston Hospital, according to Sgt. Paul Sullivan, a state police spokesman. The woman received a criminal summons for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and obstruction of an emergency vehicle, DeAngelis said. The driver of the pickup was a 23-year-old male from Vineyard Haven, DeAngelis said. He was also transported to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. 

West Tisbury Assistant Fire Chief John Cottrill said part of the reason the road remained closed for a while was because it took time for State Police to get to the crash scene. It also took time for State Police to examine the scene.

“They were there for about three hours,” DeAngelis said. 

Photographs of the vehicles taken by Times contributor Kyra Steck showed a red Ford pickup truck with a crumpled front end and a silver Santa Fe with the driver’s door and the passenger door behind it both pushed in. Edgartown Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer said the pickup was en route to Lucy Vincent Beach for a mutual aid response when the accident occured. Chief Schaeffer said he couldn’t provide any more details because of an ongoing investigation. 

The Massachusetts State Police declined to provide the names of the motorists in the accident. The State Police only provide names if someone is arrested or if there is a fatality, DeAngelis noted. However, DeAngelis said more details will be provided once a report is finished. 

Updated with new information about the crash.