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10 Injured in Crash Involving Special Needs Van

Among the injured was an infant.

Ten people were hospitalized including an infant after a distracted driver rear-ended a van carrying special needs passengers on Route 4 Thursday morning.

State Police Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist told WPRI that a woman driving in a sedan with an infant in the back seat became momentarily distracted, striking the van in the high speed lane and causing it to spin out.

The van came to rest against the center guardrail. All eight of the passengers were transported to area hospitals in addition to the woman and the infant.

At least seven rescues from surrounding towns responded to the scene.

At least one person was seriously injured when one of the van's windows was smashed.

The crash caused traffic on the highway to back up as far south as Route 1 for a time. 

Kevin April 24, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Most likely texting.
Russell Archambault April 25, 2014 at 06:59 AM
sounds like 8 people in that top heavy van also speeding in the high speed lane. Why would a van with these people need to be in the high speed lane. That driver should also be cited. Although trauma and some injuries Lucky no one died.
Charles April 25, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Keep the South County news out of the Aquidneck Island Patch's "local" news section please.
Willie Naylor April 25, 2014 at 03:58 PM
"these people" really!
Russell Archambault April 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM
lets be politically correct willie, your an idiot>go listen to msnbc.

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