HOPKINTON — The police have identified the four people injured in the head-on collision of a car and a box truck on Main Street, Route 3, on Tuesday.
Jessica Hartley, 35, of Westerly, who was driving a 2004 Volvo, was seriously injured and was listed Thursday in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital, the police said. Hopkinton Police Capt. Mark Carrier said she was interviewed by officers on Wednesday and was cooperative, but stated that she had no recollection of the accident.
The police said that the driver of the box truck, Jose Paulino, 44, of Pawtucket, and one of his passengers, 70-year-old Domingo Paulino, suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Westerly Hospital, where they were treated and released.
A second passenger in the truck, Luis Paulino, 50, was sitting in a metal folding chair in the truck cab and suffered two broken arms and a broken leg, according to police. He was responsive when officers arrived and his injuries were not life-threatening, but he was taken to Rhode Island Hospital because of the serious nature of his injuries, the police said.
Hopkinton police, Ashaway and Hope Valley firefighters, and ambulance personnel from Ashaway, Hope Valley and Westerly responded to the collision, which occurred at about 3 p.m. on the highway in the area of Wellstown Road.
According to a Hopkinton police investigation, Jose Paulino reported that he was southbound when he saw Hartley's car veer across the center line and head toward him. Paulino said he tried blowing the horn several times and moved toward the side of the road, but was unable to stop and could not pull over farther because of a guardrail.
Hartley told officers she knew she had been driving before the crash, according to a police report, but did not recall anything else until she was being treated for her injuries.
Fire officials said it took more than 45 minutes to extricate Hartley because she was trapped in the car, her legs pinned.
The crash also led to a closure along Main Street for about two hours.
Carrier said Thursday that Jose Paulino was cited with having a passenger who was not wearing a seat belt. No other charges have been filed at this time, and the crash remains under investigation, Carrier said.