RI State Police report multiple crashes during storm

Rhode Island State Police have asked drivers to stay off roads as the state endures a third major winter storm in two weeks. (WJAR)

As Tuesday’s snowstorm lingers, Rhode Island State Police continue to ask drivers to stay off the roads.

Col. Ann C. Assumpico said dangerous road conditions have contributed to more than a dozen crashes across the state since the storm started.

Assumpico noted that six crashes were reported from midnight to mid-afternoon, however at least seven more crashes occurred from 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

She said there were also reports of 19 disabled vehicles, including several that skidded off the roads.

Gov. Gina Raimondo shared similar sentiments during a press conference late Tuesday afternoon, advising citizens to stay home.

Aside from crashes, Assumpico said the storm has caused “numerous trees, branches and power lines to fall throughout the state, blocking roads as well as ramps leading to highways.”

One driver was trapped inside a car after power lines fell onto the vehicle on Mail Road in Exeter. Assumpico said the driver stayed inside the car until National Grid arrived at the scene.

“We have been extremely fortunate that no one has been seriously injured as a result of this storm as of this point,” Assumpico said in a press release. “We are grateful that Rhode Islanders have heeded our warnings to stay off the roads and let the plows do their jobs.”

The release went on to note that Assumpico credited the ban on tractor-trailer trucks. She said she believes the ban, which has been extended to 8 p.m., prevented the types of tractor-trailer truck crashes that have occurred during previous storms.

“Troopers have issued several summonses to truck drivers found to be driving in Rhode Island after the ban was imposed,” according to the release.

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