Woman dies following crash into junkyard

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick woman who crashed her car into a North Smithfield junkyard Thursday night has died from her injuries, Rhode Island Hospital confirmed Friday.

Rescue crews responded to Northeast Auto Recycling on Canal Street at about 9:20 p.m.

Firefighters said the driver, 34-year-old Melissa Senecal, was unresponsive when they arrived. After freeing Senecal from the wreckage, crews were able to revive her in the rescue truck.

Senecal was taken to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket before she was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital.

Melissa Senecal (family photo)
Melissa Senecal (family photo)

The owner of Northeast Auto Recycling said one of his employees was working on a project when he heard the crash. Had he not called 911, rescue crews might not have found Senecal until morning.

“They went airborne, took the fence down and landed on top of one of our sanders and our construction trailer upside down,” said Brad Lafontaine.

Lafontaine said he’d like to see more patrols on the stretch of road near his business, especially with the frequency of accidents he sees there. He and his employees will be working on Friday to repair the broken fence and clean up the scene.

“Unfortunately, it happens all the time,” he said.

He and his employees will be working on Friday to repair the broken fence and clean up the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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