Police: COVID-19 test samples not compromised in I-195 crash

SE Mass

Photos: Massachusetts State Police

SEEKONK, Mass. (WPRI) — A courier vehicle carrying medical samples for COVID-19 testing was involved in a crash Tuesday morning in Seekonk, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The crash took place just before 8 a.m. on I-195 West in the area of Exit 1. Police said the courier vehicle — a Honda Civic — came into contact with a tractor-trailer, causing the Civic to spin out and hit a Warren ambulance transporting a 70-year-old woman to Rhode Island Hospital.

A Seekonk ambulance responded to pick up the patient and get her to the hospital, according to police, while a state hazmat team checked the medical samples, finding the container and its contents were intact.

The courier, a 49-year-old Coventry woman, was taken to the hospital as a precaution but since the samples didn’t spill, police said it’s likely she’s already been released.

Another courier took custody of the samples and continued transporting them to a laboratory for testing.

No injuries were reported.

The scene has been cleared and the crash remains under investigation.

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