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The driver of a small pick-up truck was taken to R.I. Hospital by LifeStar just after 7 this morning after his vehicle flipped over on the Weekapaug Bridge. Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun
LifeStar lands in the parking lot at Seaside to transport the driver of a small truck after his vehicle flipped over on the Weekapaug Bridge. Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun The driver of a small pick-up truck was taken to the hospital by LifeStar when his vehicle flipped over on the Weekapaug Bridge on Thursday morning. The mark on the lamp post on the left is where the truck's tire hit it. Jill Connor / The Westerly Sun

UPDATED: Driver airlifted after crash on Weekapaug Bridge


WESTERLY — A Charlestown man was seriously injured when the truck he was driving overturned on the Weekapaug Bridge this morning. The man was unresponsive when he was placed in a waiting Westerly Ambulance to be transported to a Lifestar helicopter that landed nearby in the parking lot of the Seaside Beach Club. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

Emergency personnel on the scene found evidence of the man’s name, but declined to identify him because they had not yet notified his family of the crash.

Rescue units, police and fire department personnel were called to the scene at 7 a.m. and found a silver Toyota Tacoma overturned in the middle of the bridge pinning him in the crushed vehicle. Westerly and Misquamicut fire department personnel were on the scene with extrication equipment working to remove the man from the truck, which was lying on the passenger’s side, personal belongings strewn in the road. The top portion of a light pole on the bridge appeared to have been struck by the vehicle during the crash.

The injured man was traveling toward Weekapaug from Misquamicut when the crash occurred.

Westerly police and fire personnel remained on the scene to investigate the cause of the crash.

— A.J. Algier



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