PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A New York man was killed in an early morning crash involving a tractor-trailer truck on I-95 early Tuesday morning, according to the Rhode Island State Police.
The crash occurred around 6 a.m. on I-95 North in Providence and blocked traffic for several hours during the early-morning commute.
Police said the tractor trailer was in the center lane on I-95 South when the vehicle swerved across the high-speed lane and hit the jersey barrier in the center median.
Then, police said the tractor trailer mounted the barrier and hit a light pole before rolling over into the high-speed lane on I-95 North.
The driver, identified by police as Jan Kopczynski, 42, of Bronxville, New York, was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.
Police said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Two uninvolved vehicles also sustained damage after hitting the downed light pole, according to police.
The crash remains under investigation at this time. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Lincoln Woods Barracks at (401) 444-1100.