Person killed in fiery Cranston crash

Cranston Pontiac Avenue crash

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — One person has died in a fiery crash on Pontiac Avenue Saturday morning.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when the driver was going north on Pontiac Avenue in a 2004 GMC Envoy.

According to police, the driver “failed to negotiate a curve” and crashed into a traffic light and a cement wall, rolling over and catching fire.

Eyewitness Robert West described the accident: “I see the guy hit the pole, then that stone wall kind of blew up and went into flames…I just ran over to see what I could do.”

Neither neighbors nor police officers were able to get close enough to the burning vehicle to get the driver out because of the heat, fire, and explosions.

Police say it was hard for first responders to get close to the car and when firefighters eventually put the flames out it was too late.

“The whole side of the car was wide open and I went to go inside the car to help the guy but I could tell it was already too late,” said West who tried to save the victim himself.

Investigators believe the SUV was going about 90 miles an hour at the time of the crash.

The driver’s identity has not yet been released, pending an autopsy and investigation by the Medical Examiner.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Sergeant Brian D’Amico of the Cranston Police Department at 401-942-2211.

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