Route 146 site of two fatal crashes within hours

LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) – Two people were killed in two separate car crashes that occurred within hours of one another on the same local road Wednesday afternoon.

The two crashes occurred on Route 146, the first around 1:22 p.m. in North Providence and the second just hours later in Lincoln.

The first crash, according to Rhode Island State Police, was caused by a pedestrian walking into the right travel lane of Route 146 South. Police say the pedestrian, an unidentified 28-year-old man, was hit by a tractor trailer. He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital but died shortly thereafter.

The driver operating the truck that hit the pedestrian is not facing any charges. Rhode Island State Police Captain Robert Wall said the driver “had no time to react” and was “very shaken up” when interviewed.

The second accident, police say, involved an elderly woman driving the wrong way on Route 146 South. The woman, an unidentified 89-year-old, crashed head-on into a pickup truck, police said. Lincoln firefighters were forced to use the Jaws of Life to remove the woman from her badly damaged car.

Rescue crews attempted to administer emergency CPR on the victim, but she was ultimately announced dead at the scene.