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BREWSTER, MA- Teen Killed in Rt. 6 Two Vehicle (08-04-09)

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Uploaded on Aug 4, 2009

BREWSTER — A Harwich woman, 19, died yesterday in a collision on Route 6 that closed the state highway and created gridlock in Orleans and Brewster for hours.

Angela Champ died when her 1996 Toyota Corolla crossed the center line and collided with a 2004 Chrysler minivan on the highway near the Orleans town line, according to state police. Although the crash was initially described as a head-on collision, the Toyota's passenger side was badly smashed.

Rescuers extricated Warren Hayes, 79, of Harwich and his 67-year-old wife, Barbara, from the van, which had flipped on its side as a result of the impact.

The pair were taken to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered life threatening, state police said.

Rescue workers initially called for a helicopter to evacuate all three crash victims, but the flight was canceled after the Harwich 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the elderly couple's condition was found to be not as serious as initially thought.

The crash stalled traffic on the two-lane stretch of Route 6, dubbed Suicide Alley for its high number of fatal head-on collisions before 1991. The installation of a central median bump and plastic stanchions to separate the two lanes that year has been credited with improving safety on the highway.

The state police, who were in charge at the crash scene, closed the state highway between Route 6A in Orleans and Route 137 in Brewster at about 3:30 p.m. The highway was closed until about 6:35 p.m. to speed the transport of the crash victims and allow investigators time to reconstruct the accident, state police Sgt. David Mahan said.

Capecodonline.com

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