A 23-year-old Middleboro police officer, who was recently hired, was hit head-on while responding to a call late Monday afternoon. Police said officer Steven Avelino Jr.’s siren was sounding when the cruiser and a Jeep Cherokee collided near the Relax Inn on Route 28. Off-duty Middleboro Fire Captain Richard Cummings was the first on scene and found a 30-year-old woman thrown from the Jeep and a 40-year-old man trapped. Fire Chief Lance Benjamino said it took about 10-minutes to free the man but rescue efforts were hindered when the first medical helicopter to respond had a mechanical failure. The second helicopter was cancelled because response time was nearly an hour; an ambulance blew a tire from debris at scene and Engine 1 came upon a second two-car crash when responding to the first crash.
Avelino was taken by ambulance to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth and the occupants of the Jeep were taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital. The conditions of all three victims were not immediately available.
The crash is under investigation by the state police.