HOPKINTON — Traffic accidents with injuries on Interstate 95 kept firefighters in Hope Valley busy Monday afternoon and early Tuesday.
"We had two serious wrecks and a total of six calls for service in under 24 hours," Hope Valley Fire Chief Justin Lee said. "It was a very busy period for our volunteers."
The Hope Valley-Wyoming and Ashaway fire departments, as well as ambulance crews from both departments and Rhode Island State Police troopers, were called to I-95 South between Exits 2 and 1 just after 2 p.m. for reports of a four-vehicle collision. Three cars and a box truck in the low-speed lane were involved in the accident, and one person was trapped in a car and was quickly extricated, Lee said.
Emergency crews treated at least three people who suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening, while at least six other people declined medical attention. The injured were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.
Emergency responders closed the highway for several minutes, then helped state police direct traffic for nearly an hour to allow for response and cleanup, officials said. The low-speed lane was closed.
Another crash occurred at about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday. Lee said that a car traveling northbound just before Exit 4 had gone off the roadway, up an embankment, and crashed into trees and brush.
The driver pulled himself from the car and was treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Kent Hospital in Warwick. Lee said because of the location of the second crash, no travel lanes needed to be closed.
All of the vehicles were heavily damaged and the crashes remain under investigation by the state police, officials said.