Construction sign smashes through windshield after crash

Photo: Massachusetts State Police

WRENTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — A Tiverton teenager survived a very close call while driving in Wrentham Tuesday night.

According to Massachusetts State Police, the 18-year-old was driving on I-495 South in Wrentham at about 7:45 p.m. when his car left the roadway, entered the median, and struck a highway sign.

The impact of the crash brought the sign down through the car’s windshield, striking the driver in the head, police said. The teen was transported to Rhode Island Hospital to be treated for a head laceration.

Police said the driver was approaching a construction zone and it appeared he failed to slow down, instead stopping short of the lane merge and losing control of his vehicle.

The result of the crash could have been much worse, according to police.

“The moral of the story? Drive at reasonable speeds, pay attention to the traffic in front of you, and slow down when approaching construction zones,” Mass. State Police wrote in the Facebook post. “Your only responsibility as a driver is to pay attention to operation of your vehicle and be aware of the traffic around you. Do not let yourself become distracted from that responsibility.”

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