Loose metal plate causes more than a dozen flat tires on I-95 North

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Several drivers had a flat start to their holiday weekend when their tires deflated on I-95 North near Exit 8A Friday morning. 

A total of 18 vehicles were damaged after a metal plate came loose during bridge construction, according to Rhode Island State Police. The plate loosened around 3:55 a.m. 

There were no injuries and most of the damaged cars had blown tires, state police said. 

Both lanes of traffic were closed at one point and traffic was rerouted to the breakdown lane. One lane was reopened around 8:20 a.m. when traffic remained backed up to exit 6, according to State Police. 

Cars and flatbed trucks, some with what appeared to be multiple flat tires, could be seen along the stretch of highway early in the morning.

According to RIDOT’s Twitter page, crews had the right lane blocked on I-95 North for roadwork Friday morning. Crews were clear from the scene by noon.

RIDOT said it will be processing claims for any damaged vehicles. To submit a work zone claim, call (401) 222-2492, EXT. 4101 or (401) 734-4817. Claims can also be filed online by clicking here.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest updates on this developing story.

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