PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — State police said a woman is facing DUI charges after she was blamed for causing a four-vehicle accident that left a tractor trailer truck on its side. The crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. Friday near Exit 22.
Lauren Woodbridge, 22, of Cranston, is charged with driving under the influence and driving to endanger, resulting in physical injury.
Police said an attenuator truck was parked at a construction site on Interstate 95 South when a car, driven by Woodbridge, struck the back of the parked truck.
Troopers say Woodbridge’s car also side-swiped a tractor trailer, causing the truck to overturn onto a Rhode Island State Police cruiser, which was parked at the construction.
When the cruiser was struck, the vehicle was sent 100 feet down the road and struck a state Department of Transportation worker, who suffered minor injuries. The state trooper also suffered minor injuries in the crash. Capt. Robert Wall said the injured trooper was treated at Rhode Island Hospital and released.
Wall said Woodbridge, who was also taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries, showed “obvious signs” of being under the influence, including a strong odor of alcohol. Wall said the Johnson and Wales student consented to a blood test.
Traffic was slow and heavy all morning surrounding the situation. At one point overnight, the crash shutdown all lanes on the interstate.
State Police reminded drivers they can immediately report dangerous drivers or hazardous roadway conditions to the police by dialing 9-1-1 or *77 on their cellular phones.
In addition, with highway construction projects underway, Col. Steven O’Donnel urged drivers to slow down and move over when approaching construction work areas.
Below is the report from Eyewitness News This Morning, as the investigation was still unfolding: