Wareham man cited after motorcycle versus truck crash

Apr 30, 2017
Photo by: Geoff Worrell A motorcyclist from Sandwich was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries following this crash.

A 68-year-old Wareham man has been cited after a Saturday morning crash on Cranberry Highway left a motorcyclist from Sandwich seriously injured.

The crash, which happened just before noon, occurred near the Stop & Shop gas station on Routes 6 and 28. According to police, Mark Herring exited Mogan’s Mobile Home park and struck 58-year-old Lee Southard as he was headed west on his motorcycle.

Police said Southard was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. His current status is unknown.

Herring was cited for failure to grant way for oncoming vehicles. Police said an investigation found that Herring drove into the path of the oncoming motorcycle.

Comments (20)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 01, 2017 10:32

That picture looks awful.  I hope the person on the bike wasn't badly hurt. At least it can bee seen that he/she had gotten/fallen off the bike before the truck pinned it down.  Could have been dreadful.  I'm sure the person driving the truck feels terrible.


All that being said.  The operator of the bike and the operator of the truck somehow caused this to happen.  An unfortunate mistake or combination of mistakes caused an accident.  That's what an accident is.


The only good thing about this unfortunate accident is that nobody jumped on here and blamed the road.  The road is incapable of making mistakes.  It just lays there doing nothing.    Cranberry highway just lays there doing nothing.  It doesn't cause accidents.

Posted by: Snowman | May 01, 2017 10:32

Crashes are simply the new normal while elected officials (which means they can be “Not re-elected officials”) remain silent on this on-going horror show.



Posted by: Snowman | May 01, 2017 10:39

Thank you WBTS for writing the line for me.

"Cranberry highway just lays there doing nothing.  It doesn't cause accidents."

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 01, 2017 12:38

Snowman, I'm so used to getting beat up on here I can't tell if you are really thanking me or giving me a hard time.


Cranberry Highway is tricky to drive on.  No surprises there.  No different than a lot of roads.  I know that.  Most defensive, experienced drivers know that.  I know it so well that I usually turn right out of places like Wendy's & Water Wizz even when I need to go left and then reverse direction further down the road.  Turning left is often life threateningly impossible.


I don't blame the road.  Wrap it in bubble-wrap.  Make it peanut & gluten free.  Offer traffic counselors at every intersection...whatever the heck.  Everybody needs to just drive carefully, obey the 35 MPH limit, and treat it like the hundreds of other tricky roads in the state and all will be much better.



Posted by: Snowman | May 01, 2017 13:29

Hello WTBS.  I don't intend to beat on anyone. Violence is not my way and does not accomplish anything.  However voting does and presenting your case in an open forum hopefully does.

You and I are marvelous drivers for sure, but not everyone is as you know.  This road gives those less skilled and less attentive drivers every opportunity to run you and I over due it being out-dated and un-managed.  As do you,  I only make right turns on this stretch of road.

Meanwhile left turns remain legal and enable every phone texting, burger craving driver to do so just the same as they were a century ago when things were just a bit different.

Where is the progress paid for by our taxes on this State Road?  In what drawer sits the results of our tax payer funded surveys.  Do you really think it is going to get better with out any attention?

Attaching blame to other drivers will not prevent them from crashing into you or me, or our loved ones.  Only updating design can do that.

Posted by: Uptohere | May 01, 2017 14:47

Oh please, you could have the road fitted with rubber bumpers, speed bumps and going in a circle and some clown will still try to go the wrong way and another will look for any way possible to put the blame on something else instead of a crappy driver.

Posted by: Snowman | May 01, 2017 15:27

Is there a point?

Posted by: Fortywhat2 | May 02, 2017 05:45

Really, what the hell is wrong with you people?  First off someone was badly hurt, compassion! Then I read the comments from WBTS ,,,The operator of the bike and the operator of the truck some how caused this to happen...

The bike was traveling down the road when the truck pulled out how is that the motorcycles fault?

And... there is nothing humorous about an MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident). Snowman, you joke about being late for dinner etc. There is a family out there with an injured loved one.

Everyday I read your comments and think,,, these people are commenting about all the problems in the articles not realizing YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. How do you expect a safe, compassionate town when you have no compassion at all.

I don't know who anyone is and frankly don't want to.

Posted by: Snowman | May 02, 2017 09:53


Please note that you misunderstood what I wrote.  I am not trying to be funny.  There is nothing funny about driving on Cranberry Highway.   To be quite frank, if not for the Grace of God, me, my wife, and our friend would have been killed recently by a driver who ran a light doing 60 mph.

I was trying to illustrate the callous nature of many people's thinking when it comes to wrecks on Cranberry Highway.  I am sorry if if that did not come through.  The "Late for dinner"  line was actually written in someone's comments recently.

Please understand that I am in total agreement with everything that you wrote. I am going to edit my previous comments so that there is no confusion.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 02, 2017 09:57

Forty, reread my comment for crying out loud.  Everything in my first paragraph is 100% compassionate.  I said it looks awful.  I wished the person on the bike wasn't hurt badly.  I said the person driving the truck must feel terrible.  What did you read?


My second paragraph does state the the bike & truck caused it.  That's simply a fact. Maybe it was 100% truck and 0% bike but it is between the bike and the truck, not the road.  I wasn't assigning blame between the bike & truck.  I was saying that the ROAD didn't cause it.


Your name looks new so maybe you are not aware of the long ongoing saga of the Cranberry highway.  There's been an ongoing thing about Cranberry Highway being the devil's road as if it has evil powers that cause all the accidents.  A few months ago a very sad thing happened.  A man walking got hit by a car at night.  That is sad.  I am compassionate and feel very bad for him and his family.  Immediately everybody started commenting about "the road of death" and blamed the road.  Yet the man was drunk, dressed in black, and walking on a highway at night.  How was that the highway's fault?  That is my only point.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 02, 2017 10:18

To clear up another thing.  It is certainly not the topic here.  The ever increasing "distracted driving" epidemic is a bone of contention.  When I hear about a single car accident that looks like a text, walks like a text, and talks like a text...its likely a text!  If a healthy young person suddenly veers into a pole on a dry sunny day with no other car around and walks away unharmed it is highly likely that their phone had something to do with it.  If they are unharmed I may comment accordingly.


I feel that way because I fear that someday a texter/phone-in-hand driver may veer off and run one of my kids over...or my wife, my parents, or someone else I love or care about.  We had a texter veer off Swifts Beach Road up along the side and hit a pole.  There were witnesses.  He crashed right where my kids ride their bikes...right where we used to push them in the stroller.  So yes, I'm going to be opinionated on single car texting type accidents.


I will never wish harm or disrespect anybody that gets hurt.  The guy got out of the car unharmed when mention was made about being late for dinner.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 02, 2017 10:32

Snowman, I see what you are saying in your response to me yesterday.  I get the fact that there are going to be bad drivers.   And I get it that the road isn't very conducive for bad drivers because it's outdated.  If idiot-proofing the road to keep me and my family safe is the only way then I guess I'm OK with that.  However, idiot-proofing only makes bigger idiots.  If they can't fit a square peg in a round hole on Cranberry Highway, they'll just do it as soon as they can somewhere else.

Posted by: Snowman | May 02, 2017 11:37

Divide the Highway with Jersey Barriers or put in a low curb with sticks like on Route 6 on the Cape.  Solves the left turn problem and does not impede roadside business's parking lots.

Give pedestrians crosswalks and a safe place to stop in the middle of the road.

Build speed bump islands with rumble strips that have no impact unless the car is traveling over 35 mph.

Simple, Quick, Low Impact, Inexpensive

Posted by: Uptohere | May 02, 2017 14:47

My point is, it does not matter what you do to that road or any road, if you are not going to pay attention to driving and the other drivers on the road then there will be accidents. Is it really that difficult to understand. Stop. Blaming an inanimate object and put the blame squarely where it belongs, on the drivers. You could encase it in barriers, guardrails, or cotton and still have accidents. Its pretty much a straight road and yet they still can't manage it.

Posted by: Snowman | May 02, 2017 15:10

Dear Uptohere,

I can understand that you are "Up to here" with the world if you dig in your heels and refuse to consider any other way but your own.

Not much for us to discuss.


Posted by: Fortywhat2 | May 03, 2017 05:12

Thank you for clarification

Posted by: Fortywhat2 | May 03, 2017 05:39

Sorry iPad issues... thank you for you clarification snowman and WBTS. No I'm not new here I just usually read without posting and when I started reading the comments I just couldn't refrain because I put myself in the place of the family of the motorcyclist and how I would feel reading this.  I am fully aware of the Cranberry Highway issues.  My son was rear ended on it when he was 17 by a distracted driver looking in the backseat to see if her baby was ok (ya not too bright).  I live in East Wareham so it's a road I travel often.  I've followed the controversy, having lived here for the past 45+ years.  I agree something should be done... unfortunately a lot of the "fixes" would cause more people to avoid the road because of inconvience... i.e. More traffic lights, jersey barriers, reduction of speed (again) and the small amount of businesses still surviving on that road would decrease and Wareham can't afford to lose anymore business (unless, however, it's the "apartment" motels).  I remember when everyone had to travel cranberry highway because Rt 25 ended.  The layout was very welcoming.  Unfortunately with the completion of the highway all the small businesses couldn't survive and the used car dealers, junk shops and "apartment" motels took over.  That's what needs to change on cranberry highway first... they need to "clean house". We need stricter standards and only allow so many junk shops, package stores and used car deals per mile...  and do away with "apartment" motels, maybe less distractions would cause fewer accidents.  Then maybe we would get more business and better traffic flow.  If you look at Cranberry Highway what does it have to appeal to tourists?  Tourists boost the economy!  We need a boost!


Posted by: Snowman | May 03, 2017 07:27

Dear Forty,

I wholeheartedly agree that we must encourage visitors.  Our area is vastly under appreciated by those who spend their recreational time and dollars elsewhere.  By encouraging tourism, we will rehab our image and eventually see real growth in all sectors.  When that happens, the less desirable business's you mentioned will inevitably leave as “A rising tide lifts all boats”. – JFK JFK on macroeconomics

I respectfully disagree with you about the road however.  Its function has changed and it is now a road of commerce and restaurants and as such the traffic has become all turning traffic.   Without improvement, as volume grows toward critical mass, this stretch of road becomes avoided and obsolete.  It will be to slow and dangerous and not worthwhile to traverse with left turning vehicles, creep-out-into-the road-to-stop-traffic vehicles and even more crashes.   If that happens, the entire area will suffer as businesses, jobs, and real estate values will move to better locations.

Posted by: Uptohere | May 03, 2017 11:18

Funny Snowman, but that's exactly how I see you.

Posted by: Rjnjr09 | May 05, 2017 21:27

Nothing is going to change unfortunately. The "NO LEFT TURN" signs at Wendy's mean nothing. every other car I see come out of there goes left mostly at rush hour.  Mogan's is even harder trying to "left turn" while also trying to time the light. the are plenty of ways to change direction on cranberry hwy people just dont want to sit and wait for a left arrow light or going up to Tyler Ave is "too far"    Safety is key.

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