2 rushed to hospital following Portsmouth crash

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — Emergency crews were called to the Escape Bridge off Point Road in Portsmouth Monday morning for reports of a serious crash.

The crash – which happened around 9:45 a.m. – involved an SUV and dump truck.

Det. Lt. Mike Arnold told Eyewitness News two men – one from each vehicle – were hurt.

The 61-year-old driver of the SUV was trapped inside his vehicle following the collision, according to Arnold. After he was extricated by firefighters, a medical helicopter flew the man to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries.

Arnold said the truck driver was taken to Newport Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Escape Bridge was closed for about two hours while an accident reconstruction team investigated.