Car lands upside down on train tracks in Providence, killing driver

A car sits upside on the train tracks in the Olneyville section of Providence, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (NECN)

A car drove off the end of a dead-end street in Providence early Monday morning and landed on some railroad tracks, killing the 52-year-old man who was driving.

The crash disrupted Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail service for hours.

Police said a Honda Accord crashed through the fence at the end of Dike Street in the Olneyville section and sailed 30 foot onto train tracks at about 4:30 a.m.

Investigators said 52-year-old Amado Fuentes was killed.

He was the only person in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.

"When we pulled up, we saw one victim on the tracks," said Providence Fire Chief Steve Capracotta. "The tracks are live, so we had to wait for Amtrak to turn off the power and we had to make sure we stopped the trains in both directions."

It took about 10 minutes to shut off electricity for police to get the man off the tracks.

"It is quite an area that the car had to jump to get that far, so we had to go down one side and then up the other side to get over there," Capracotta said.

A crane was brought in to pluck the car from the tracks.

Amtrak service resumed at about 8 a.m., but passengers were warned of residual delays.

The MBTA said Commuter Rail service south of Providence was suspended for several hours but resumed at about 7:30 a.m.



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