Pedestrian struck on Route 146

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NORTH SMITHFIELD — A pedestrian was hit by a car Sunday night near a troubled intersection that has often been the site of accidents.

Local and state police were called to Route 146 in area of Sayles Hill Road around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. The victim, who was unresponsive according to reports, was transported to the hospital, and his current condition is unknown.

The incident took place on the northbound side of the busy highway, at an intersection where the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has estimated that the town sees some 85 crashes per year.

The driver was reportedly not injured. Rhode Island State Police are investigating the incident.

The dangerous intersection and state of the surrounding highway has long been a concern for local officials, and a frequent scene such crashes. Recently, RIDOT secured a $65 million federal grant for improvements to the road, and plans include elimination of the traffic light at the intersection.

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