Pregnant Portsmouth woman uninjured in horrific crash

(Photo courtesy: Portsmouth, R.I. Fire Department)
(Photo courtesy: Portsmouth, R.I. Fire Department)

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — A pregnant Portsmouth woman walked away from an accident that mangled her car early Saturday morning.

The Portsmouth Fire Department tells Eyewitness News the crash happened on the southbound side of Route 24 just before 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

Portsmouth Fire Lieutenant Allen Levesque said the woman behind the wheel told police she hydroplaned, struck a barrier and spun out. Her car then took down a steel utility pole before sliding down an embankment and slamming into a tree.

“The passenger side of that car, it was just literally folded around the tree,” Levesque said in an interview. “You couldn’t see the trunk of the tree at all. It looked like somebody planted a tree in the car.”

But somehow, the woman behind the wheel walked away with little more than a broken nose. Officials also said the woman is pregnant.

“She was also 15 weeks pregnant. And everything was fine. It was amazing,” said Levesque.

Levesque said the woman was alone and wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. She was able to free herself from the car. No other vehicles were involved and no one else was hurt.

“Pulling up on scene and seeing what I saw and then the outcome, I was very relieved,” said Levesque.  “And to know that she was pregnant and everything was fine, it was even better.”

Levesque said the woman who was involved in the accident was taken to the hospital as a precaution.