Crash into water in Newport sends 2 to hospital

Corey Welch/WPRI-TV

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — Two people were transported to the hospital Tuesday after crashing their car into the water in Newport.

Fire officials said they were called to the area of the Green Bridge on Ocean Avenue at about 5:20 p.m. and arrived to find the vehicle in the water.

The occupants, two young adults, had gotten out of the car prior to crews’ arrival on scene. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

The young man and woman were driving on the Green Bridge when their car rolled over and landed on the driver’s side door in the water. Officials say the incident happened during low-tide which meant the water was about knee-deep and allowed for a man and woman to escape out the passenger’s side door.

Lt. Jared Minick said it was the first time he’s seen a vehicle go off the Green Bridge in his 18 years with the Newport Fire Department.

“That’s the first one that I’ve ever been involved in,” he said. “But I can’t speak to whether it’s ever happened before.”

Crews used a crane to remove the car from the water. The process took a couple of hours.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

No word yet if the driver will face any charges.