Three injured in wrong-way crash on 495

Feb 01, 2013
Photo by: David G. Curran State Police are investigating a wrong-way crash that sent three to the hospital early Friday morning.

State Police are investigating a wrong-way crash on Route 495 that injured three people just after midnight on Friday, Feb. 1.

Police say that Kevin H. Schmidt, 24, of Middleborough, was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger pick-up in the wrong direction on Route 495 when he struck a 2012 Nissan Sentra operated by 26-year-old Lise B. Calixte of Randolph and a 1996 Geo Prizm operated by 48-year-old Eileen M. O'Donnell of Falmouth.

Schmidt was transported to Tobey Hospital with serious injuries, and was later airlifted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, police said. A spokesman for the hospital did not immediately return inquiries on Schmidt's condition.

Calixte suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital. She has been discharged, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.

Police said that O'Donnell suffered minor injuries, but was not transported from the scene to any medical facility.

It is unclear why Schmidt was driving in the wrong direction. He has not been charged or cited at this time. State Police from the Bourne barracks are investigating.

Comments (5)
Posted by: Peaches0409 | Feb 01, 2013 10:05

Isn't this like the 3rd wrong way crash in this area?? How does this keep happening? Is there a problem with the signage or the on ramp itself? Something obviously needs to change! How many people have to die before action is taken?



Posted by: ok2sayhello | Feb 01, 2013 10:50

There also was an accident on Cranberrry Highway yesterday somewhere between the Cumberland Farms light and the Elks which was also a case of someone going the wrong way. Haven't heard any news about this though. I work right on the highway where it is one way and people pull out of parking lots and turn the wrong way constantly. To date this is the only crash that I am aware of and very surprised about that.



Posted by: joycebakes | Feb 02, 2013 13:36

I have seen numerous wrong way drivers going from the Elks, the wrong way, to Depot St.  One thing which might help is a sign at the Elks pointing the correct way AND saying this is also the way to go south.



Posted by: Knocked for six | Feb 03, 2013 09:00

" I have seen numerous wrong way drivers going from the Elks, the wrong way".  Joyce, seems to me you have a problem with the Elks. If your going to call out an establishment lets call them all out. I too have seen drivers pull out the wrong way from the Elks as well as the Fan Club .

I have also seen drivers from across the street at the engineering firm parking lot turn left and go to the Fan Club.

I have also seen wrong way drivers come from the direction of Garden Homes and the highway.

So maybe curved curbing exits with proper signage will force the patrons of all of the businesses to go the right way.



Posted by: warehamite | Feb 04, 2013 12:58

Knocked,

That curved curbing (say it 10 times fast!!) is a great idea, but it doesn't even work at the Chili's down the street.  People are always taking a left turn out of there, even with signage and curbing.

 

People are just too distracted and selfish to pay attention to others and what's going on around them.



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