By Monday, two of the four had been released from the hospital, said Little Compton Police Chief Sidney Wordell, and a Rhode Island Hospital spokesperson said Thursday that the remaining two were discharged Wednesday.
None of the names of the victims have yet been released by officials. Chief Wordell said two were from Little Compton, one was a summer resident of the town, and the fourth was from Westport. Three of the four were males, and the fourth was female. Two of the youths are believed to be related.
At 3:05 p.m. last Friday, police said, the department received “several 911 calls reporting that there had been a serious motor vehicle accident on West Main Road (Rt. 77).”
Police and fire department rescue personnel from Little Compton, Tiverton, Westport, and Portsmouth arrived on the scene and found that a 2007 Toyota Highlander “had struck a tree head-on.” The “jaws of life” were need to extricate two of the victims, said Chief Wordell.
The causes of the incident are under investigation by Little Compton accident reconstruction officers Sue Cressman and Andrew Morgan. Details have not yet been released.
Chief Wordell said Monday that the black box in the vehicle is expected to provide some useful information such as speed and whether the occupants were seat belted.
“Exactly what took place is not exactly clear, that’s for sure,” he said, and much information will await interviews with the individuals involved.
From the injuries, he said, it’s not clear at this early stage in the investigation whether all were wearing seat belts.
“It was a beautiful day,” said Chief Wordell, and weather and road conditions are not believed to have contributed to the accident. The posted speed limit at the location is 40 mph, he said.