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Two crashes on I-95 leave two people dead

Rhode Island State Police said a man was killed when this car crashed and caught fire on Interstate 95 south near Route 146 in Providence, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. (WJAR)

Rhode Island State Police said Thursday that two separate single-car crashes about an hour apart on Interstate 95 left two people dead.

"At a time when we should be celebrating with our families during the holiday season, there's two families out there that have lost loved ones," said Capt. Matthew Moynihan.

They also announced four DUI arrests, including a woman accused of driving the wrong-way on I-95.

The first crash was reported at about 1:46 a.m. on I-95 south near the Pawtucket-Providence line.

Police said a car driven by 30-year-old Virtolino Lima rolled over several times and that excessive speed and alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Car engulfed in flames

About an hour later, state police said they received a report of a car engulfed in flames on I-95 south near the Route 146 merge.

They said the male driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate the curve, losing control of the vehicle and striking a barrier.

State police said Raymond Santiago, 28, of Providence, was killed.

State police said they arrested four impaired drivers early Thursday.

One of them was a 23-year-old Cranston woman who was stopped driving the wrong way on Interstate 95. She was stopped going south in the northbound lanes in Pawtucket before she hit anyone.

Brooke Morgan faces a charge of suspicion of DUI. Police said her blood-alcohol content was 1.62, or twice the legal limit.

Police pleaded with the public to not repeat the tragic scenes over the holiday weekend by not driving drunk or distracted.

"Families lost loved ones for no reason, and that's the message this has to and it should stop," said Providence police Deputy Chief Thomas Verdi said. "It has to stop."

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