Car careens off highway, hits pole in fiery Portsmouth crash

East Bay

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — Smoke could be seen for miles down Route 24 after a car crashed just off the highway and burst into flames Friday.

According to police, the driver appeared to have lost control of her car on Route 24 South. The car then left the highway and crashed into a utility pole on Anthony Road.

(Courtesy of Portsmouth Police)

Police said a bystander helped the driver, a 19-year-old woman, out of her car before it caught fire. The woman was conscious and alert on scene and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Anthony Road was closed for two hours as first responders extinguished the fire and tended to fallen electrical wires. The crash caused more than 750 to lose power, according to the Power Outage Database.

The crash remains under investigation at this time.

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