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Hingham police are crediting seat belts for saving the lives of several people involved in three car accidents over the holidays.
One rollover crash occurred on Christmas Eve, and two rollover crashes occurred within 24 hours of one another on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. In all the accidents, the cars were totaled, but there were no injures to the passengers, who were all properly belted, police said.
According to police, one accident occurred on Dec. 31 at 5:26 p.m. in the area of 47 Free St. The driver, a 19-year-old girl from Hingham, was traveling eastbound on Free Street in a 2005 Toyota Camry when her vehicle went off onto the side of the road and struck a utility pole.
The air bags deployed and the impact sent the car rolling onto its roof. Though the car was totaled, the girl was not injured and did not require medical attention.
Police said drugs, alcohol, speed, and fatigue were not factors in the crash, and the girl was not cited.
The next day, a similar accident occurred on George Washington Boulevard just south of the courthouse. Police that a 69-year-old man from Hull was heading north on the street in his 2004 Ford F250 pickup when he left the road on the right hand side.
The car struck a rock, which pushed the vehicle back onto the road. However, the driver overcorrected in the turn and veered to the right, forcing the vehicle back off the road again and into a tree, police said. The front air bags deployed and the car rolled over onto its side.
The Hull man was not cited in the accident, and police said the cause of the accident is unknown.
“We have no evidence, no proof that drugs or alcohol [were involved]. No statements to police of fatigue. Both these were relatively early in the evening, so we don’t know,” said Sergeant Steven Dearth with the Hingham Police. “It’s possible they were distracted by something. Something caused them not to stay on the road, but we don’t know what that is.”
The good news is that no one was injured.
“It’s unique to have two rollovers 24 hours apart, but that no one was hurt was a good sign, because they were using seat belts and air bags,” Dearth said.
The accidents further show that drivers should always be wearing a seat belt, as “you don’t know when a crash like that is going to occur,” Dearth said
Those two accidents followed a Christmas Eve rollover accident involving a family of four.
In that instance, seat belts were also crucial, police said.
In that case, Dearth said, two cars collided on High Street at around 10 p.m., sending one vehicle onto its side. Although the car rolled over, the one-year-old and five-year-old children and the two adults were all buckled in, and no one required medical attention.
Unlike the two more recent accidents, the driver who hit the family car was cited.