LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Four people were transported to the hospital with injuries after a late-night crash in Lincoln.
Police said the wreck happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday when a blue Honda broke down in the left lane of the 146 North access road, right by the I-295 split. According to Rhode Island State Police, a gray Cadillac then smashed into the back of the Honda.
An eyewitness told police the driver of the Honda was under the hood of the car at the time, throwing her over the jersey barrier. Police identified the woman as 20-year-old Faith McGann of Woonsocket. McGann was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.
“It was a very dangerous situation,” said Capt. Dennis Fleming of the Rhode Island State Police. “A woman with two children in the car came upon her, wasn’t driving erratically and ended up striking her in the rear of the vehicle.”
The Cadillac was being operated by Alexia E. Rose, age 38, of Lincoln.
Rose was also taken to Rhode Island Hospital. The woman’s 14-year-old daughter and her 15-year-old friend were taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Eyewitness News has learned all three of the victims riding in the Cadillac were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and have since been released from the hospital.
The crash remains under investigation at this time.
Eyewitness News asked State Police what drivers should do if their car ever breaks down on the side of the highway.
According to Capt. Fleming:
“There are no rules and guidelines. Every situation is different. But if you are breaking down, please put your emergency flashers on, pull to the right.
If you can, pull off the highway. Never stand in front or behind your vehicle. And once you can, call 911 and we’ll send a car out right away to assist.”
So far, State Police say no charges have been filed against Rose