NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are investigating a crash that sent a teenager to the hospital and forced the closure of Route 146 North.
Police said an 18-year-old woman from Sutton was driving on 146 North when she lost control of her car around 10:10 a.m. Tuesday. They said the vehicle went into the high-speed lane and then off the road, striking the center median. The vehicle then came back into the travel lane, where it was struck broadside by another vehicle.
The driver of the first vehicle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with what police called critical injuries. The driver of the second car involved – a 23-year-old Central Falls woman – was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police closed both northbound lanes for two hours while first responders were on scene. Traffic was detoured via Pound Hill Road on/off ramps until the scene was cleared and the road reopened around 12:30 p.m.
Troopers and members of the Rhode Island State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are still investigating the crash.
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