2-year-old suffers serious injuries in morning crash on Shore Road

2-year-old suffers serious injuries in morning crash on Shore Road

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — A 2-year-old suffered serious injuries including a skull fracture, officials said, in a collision Thursday on Shore Road at the intersection of Noyes Neck Road.

Westerly police, Dunn’s Corners firefighters and personnel with Westerly Ambulance were dispatched to the scene at about 8:15 a.m. Officials said that a pickup truck traveling in the southbound lane of Shore Road/Route 1A was making a left turn onto Noyes Neck Road when an oncoming car on Shore Road struck the passenger side of the turning pickup. The child, a passenger in the car, was knocked unconscious, officials said.

An ambulance took the child to Westerly Hospital for stabilization and treatment, and the Life Star emergency helicopter flew the child to a Connecticut hospital.

Kenneth Richards III, EMS administrator for Westerly Ambulance, said strong winds left over from Tropical Storm Jose prevented Life Star from flying to any Providence-area or Massachusetts hospitals. Serious medical emergencies in Westerly involving children are commonly routed to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “This is a challenge we don’t usually face and it was specific to the wind conditions,” Richards said.

Two adults also suffered minor injuries. One was treated on scene and a second was taken to Westerly Hospital as a precaution, officials said.

The crash scene was cleared shortly after 9 a.m., but Westerly detectives remained on-scene for several hours to conduct an investigation. Detours were in place and Shore Road remained closed in the area of Noyes Neck Road for much of the morning.



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