Cars crash into Pawtucket fire station, 2 people hurt

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Two people were hospitalized Monday night after two cars crashed into Pawtucket Fire Station 1.

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday on West Ave.

According to Pawtucket police, the driver of a gray Nissan Maxima was attempting to make a left-hand turn when a black Lincoln struck the Maxima from behind while trying to go around on the left.

The crash sent both cars into the fire station’s garage door.

Police said rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue the driver of one of the cars.

Two of the three people involved in the crash were taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

As of Tuesday night, neither police nor fire officials could update Eyewitness News on the victims’ identities but did confirm the injuries were non-life threatening.

Police said the driver of the Lincoln was issued a summons for not leaving enough space between the car in front of him and for the unlawful installation of some sort of film that was applied to either the windshield or windows.

Speed is also believed to be a factor.

Both cars involved in the crash were heavily damaged. The fire station garage door was dented, but firefighters told Eyewitness News it still works.

According to Pawtucket Public Safety Director Antonio Pires, the building had repairs going on already.

“We’re in the process of doing some mold remediation issues that was discovered a number of months ago,” he said. “We’ll be moving the firefighters to another station temporarily while the station is undergoing repair.”

The cost for the city is expected to be between $500-600,000.