ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — A woman is being treated at Rhode Island Hospital following an early morning crash in Attleboro.
Police said her car veered off South Main Street and crashed into a tree around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
A portion of the roadway was shut down for hours as the investigation and clean-up of the scene occurred.
It took fire crews more than 15 minutes to get the sole occupant, a 40-year-old Rhode Island woman, out of the car, according to the deputy chief.
“Very complicated and complex extrication effort,” Deputy Chief Dennis Perkins said. “By her position in the car she was on the bottom of what would be the street on the side of the car, the fire was above her, so she was not significantly burned, but she was heavily exposed to smoke.”
Firefighters used a fan to blow the smoke and fire away from the victim. She was unconscious but breathing when they finally got her out and she was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
“I was sleeping and just heard a loud crash it sounded like someone hit the house,” Mary Letendre said. “I hear another pop, pop, pop, and the car was up in flames.”
Mary Letendre only recently moved to the neighborhood but said she’s already aware of the dangerous stretch of roadway.
“We’ve lived here a month and we’ve already seen two crashed on this little stretch right here, it’s an extremely dangerous curve,” she said.
“It’s a treacherous curve. I don’t wear earphones, I don’t wear anything because I want to be very, very cognitive of what’s going on around me,” said Lori-Ann Diiorio, who jogs South Main Street daily.
She says signs need to be installed warning drivers of the curve.
“It’s just the flashing light coming this way, nothing coming the other way, and again if you’re not familiar with the area it’s a hazard, a definite hazard as you can see,” Diiorio said.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Police said the driver is expected to face charges but did not elaborate further.
The woman’s current condition is not known.