UPDATE: Firefighters respond to vehicle crash on bridge

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The following post was updated at 2 p.m. Monday. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth firefighters responded to a motor vehicle crash with heavy front-end damage Monday morning on the Escape Bridge on Point Road. 

At least one vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage from the crash. According to local residents, a medical helicopter landed in Common Fence Point around 10:30 a.m. 

Photo courtesy of the Portsmouth Police Department.

Portsmouth police issued the following press release about the crash: 

At 0945 hrs. Portsmouth Police were dispatched to The Escape Bridge off of Point Rd for a reported serious motor vehicle accident. Upon police arrival it was observed that a Ford Escape had collided with a dump truck that was traveling east bound on the bridge. The 61 year old male operator of the Ford Escape was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the collision. The Portsmouth Fire Department along with Middletown, Bristol and Tiverton Fire Departments assisted in extricating the male from the vehicle. The operator of the dump truck was taken to the hospital due to his injuries. The 61 year old male was med-flighted to the hospital due the seriousness of his injuries. The bridge was shut down for over two hours while investigators from the Portsmouth Police Detective Division, Portsmouth Accident Recon Team and the Rhode Island State Police Truck Squad assisted with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

The Portsmouth Fire Department later released the following press release: 

On February 5, 2018 at approximately 0938 hours, the Portsmouth Fire Department received multiple emergency calls for a motor vehicle accident on the Escape Bridge located in the Hummocks section of Portsmouth. Upon the fire department’s arrival, it was determined that a sport utility vehicle and a dump truck had collided head-on. The driver of the dump truck suffered minor injuries and refused treatment and transport to the hospital. The operator of the sport utility vehicle had to be extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws-of-Life. The patient was treated for his injuries and transported by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. The Portsmouth Fire Department received assistance from the Tiverton Fire Department, the Middletown Fire Department, The Bristol Fire Department, and the Newport Navy Fire Department. The Portsmouth Fire Department would like to thank all mutual aid partners for their assistance as well as members of the Portsmouth Police Department who assisted in both patient care and extrication. 
Respectfully,
Michael Cranson
Fire Chief

Portsmouth Press users submitted the following photos. 

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