PAWTUCKET—Rhode Island State Troopers from the Lincoln Woods Barracks, including a Criminal Investigation Unit and Collision Reconstruction Unit, are investigating the circumstances behind the fatal wrong-way crash that occurred on Interstate 95 in Pawtucket early Friday morning.
One woman is dead and three others were injured, one critically, in the two-car collision that occurred just after 3 a.m. between exits 25 and 26 in Pawtucket. State Police have not yet released the name of the deceased woman or those of the occupants of the vehicles, including the female driver who was traveling in the wrong direction.
According to State Police, the woman who died was in the rear passenger seat of an Chevrolet SUV that was struck by the wrong-way driver. The woman had been transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
The male driver of the SUV, along with a female passenger who had been in the front seat, sustained non-life threatening injuries and are reportedly in stable condition.
Police say the female driver of the Honda Civic traveling in the wrong direction was also transported to Rhode Island Hospital and is currently in critical condition.
According to Col. Steven G. O'Donnell, at approximately 2:56 a.m., multiple 911 calls were received at the State Police Lincoln Woods Barracks reporting that a vehicle was traveling on Interstate 95 northbound in the southbound lanes. A witness observed this vehicle strike the median barrier in the area of where Interstate 95 and Interstate 195 come together before continuing north.
At approximately 3:04 a.m., additional 911 calls were received reporting that a vehicle with the same description had struck a second vehicle head-on which was traveling Interstate 95 south. This collision occurred south of Lonsdale Avenue in Pawtucket. Troopers responded to the scene and were assisted by members of the Pawtucket Fire Department and Pawtucket Police Department. The Jaws of Life needed to be used to extract the occupants from the vehicles, both of which sustained heavy damage.
The crash shut down the southbound side of the highway near the Lonsdale Avenue area for almost two hours and traffic was diverted to 295 south.