RI State Police: Weather contributes to 25 crashes Wednesday, including ejection

Authorities say a person from Massachusetts was seriously hurt in a crash in Lincoln on 146 south on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (WJAR)

Driving through snow, rain and then sleet in the Ocean State proved to be dangerous Wednesday, as Rhode Island State Police said 25 weather-related crashes occurred between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Authorities said a person from Massachusetts was seriously hurt in a crash in Lincoln on 146 south at 1:15 p.m., adding that said the driver was ejected from his car when it struck a tree.

"The motorist was driving south on Route 146 when he apparently lost control of his car due to weather conditions, causing it to go off the road about 200 feet north of the Old Louisquisset Pike exit ramp," State Police told NBC 10 News. "He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time."

The driver was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was reported to be in serious, but stable condition.

The person's identity was not immediately known and the crash is under investigation.

In Warwick, a car slid into a fire hydrant, causing water to gush all over the road.

NBC 10 arrived at the scene on Jefferson Boulevard around noon, with police noting that the driver said the car skidded down the ramp due to slippery conditions. The driver was not injured.

State Police are asking motorists to use caution as the rain continues during the evening commute and ice starts to form.

"Be especially carefully on bridges and ramps, which tend to freeze more quickly than other roads, as well as on side roads and other untreated surfaces," State Police said.

No other serious injuries have been reported, according to authorities.

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