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WESTERLY — Two local woman were taken to Westerly Hospital and treated for minor injuries after their car slammed into the center jersey barrier along Route 78 on Sunday evening, leading officials to close an eastbound portion of the road.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the driver, 22-year-old Ariana Sullivan, and a 24-year-old passenger, both of Westerly, were each taken by ambulance to Westerly Hospital where they were evaluated for minor injuries. The name of the passenger, a woman, was not released. 

Both women were later released and are expected to recover, the police said.

Lacey said police, fire and ambulance personnel were called to Route 78 eastbound in Westerly just past the state line around 7:20 p.m. with reports of a rollover crash. Officers arrived to find that the car, a 2002 Chevy Cavalier, had not rolled over, but did strike a jersey barrier in the center of the roadway before careening back across the roadway before coming to a rest in the middle of the lane.

Both the women were already out of the car when officers arrived, the police said, and admitted that they were arguing when Sullivan realized she was not in the proper lane. She said she "swerved to avoid something" and lost control of the car.

Sullivan's car was not properly registered, the police said, and she was later cited with driving an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to insure motor vehicle.

The car, which was heavily damaged, was later towed from the scene. The crash also led officers to close Route 78 at Route 2 in Pawcatuck with the assistance of Stonington police in order to allow for cleanup, Lacey said. The road was reopened about an hour later.

Lacey said the crash also pushed a jersey barrier into a small portion of the westbound lane. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation used special equipment to correct that issue on Monday, he said.

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