By A.J. ALGIER
Sun Staff Writer
HOPE VALLEY — A woman was in extremely critical condition this morning after she was ejected from an older-model SUV she was driving and pinned between it and a barrier on Interstate 95.
Rhode Island State Police Lt. Stephen Flood said this morning the driver in the one-car crash was said to be “speeding and driving erratically” prior to the accident between exits 2 and 3 southbound. Flood said the name of the driver would not be released until her family members could be notified. Some had been contacted early today.
A doctor returning from his shift at Rhode Island Hospital witnessed the 1 a.m. crash and was able to provide assistance to the woman as she lay under the mangled vehicle awaiting Hope Valley ambulance for immediate aid, a Lifestar flight and other first responders for transport to the hospital.
The Hope Valley Fire Department helped with extrication devices to pull the vehicle off the woman, who was breathing when taken from the wreckage, said Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District Chief Fred Stanley. Lifestar landed on the north side of I-95, forcing closure of both sides of the highway for some time.
Flood said traffic was moved quickly to clear the area following the cleanup. He said an accident reconstruction team was back on the site this morning to recreate the crash scene to gain more insight into details of the incident because charges could be filed against the driver. Flood said it is not immediately clear if the woman was wearing a seat belt.