NORTH SMITHFIELD – A vehicle crashed into a utility pole by the intersection of Victory Highway and North Main Street early Saturday morning, careening off the road and causing debris to hit a memorial monument.
The driver in the single vehicle accident was transported to Landmark Medical Center for observation, according to North Smithfield Fire & Rescue Chief David Chartier. There were no passengers in the vehicle and the driver is believed to have suffered only minor injuries.
Chartier said emergency personnel were called to the scene by the busy intersection around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.
Chartier noted that the impact caused the utility pole to snap in half and it hit a nearby monument dedicated to a woman from town who died in the events on September 11, 2001. The Amy Jarrett Memorial was erected last year in memory of a 28-year-old flight attendant and North Smithfield resident who was killed on board United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the South Tower. The monument did not appear to sustain any damage.
Crews from Rhode Island Energy could be seen working to secure the area of the accident scene early Saturday morning, and debris from the vehicle remained scattered.