1 dead after car slams into tree, catches fire in Cranston

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston police are investigating a single-car crash Thursday morning that claimed the life of the driver.

The crash took place around 8 a.m. on Laten Knight Road.

Cranston Police Chief Michael Winquist said it appeared the driver was heading southbound at a high rate of speed and as the vehicle approached a sharp bend, it left the roadway and hit a tree head-on.

First responders arrived to find the car against the tree and fully engulfed in flames, with the driver on the ground next to it, according to Winquist.

The driver, who has not yet been positively identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cranston firefighters responded to put out the fire.

Winquist said there was no skid marks or other evidence the driver attempted to slow down at the curve.

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