SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — Route 6 in Seekonk is back open after a crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer sent one person to the hospital Thursday morning.
Despite the extensive damage to the sedan, police said the driver – a man in his 20’s – suffered only minor injuries.
“Overheard him saying he didn’t even want to go get checked out, which would be amazing for the amount of damage,” recalled Ron Sadlier, a tow truck driver who responded to the crash.
The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn’t hurt.
Police said it appears the driver of the car fell asleep at the wheel around 5:30 a.m. and drifted into oncoming traffic near Seekonk Speedway. The car hit the truck head on, but at an angle, and police said that likely saved the man’s life.
“They broke a pole in the process and the trailer flipped on its side, and really messed up traffic first thing in the morning,” Sadlier said.
“It was crazy, it had to be backed up all the way to Swansea and probably to East Providence,” he added.
It took two tow trucks using a pulley system to upright the truck before the roadway could be fully reopened.
The sedan driver isn’t facing any charges, according to police.
Eyewitness News reached out to FedEx to find out if any deliveries would be affected by the crash. Spokesperson Allie Addoms released the following statement:
“Safety and package care are priorities at FedEx Ground and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement as they investigate this incident. We are taking steps to recover and transport affected packages as soon as possible.”
Addoms said customers with questions about their shipments can call 1-800-GO-FEDEX or track their packages on FedEx’s website.