Car fire snarls traffic on Sakonnet Bridge

Posted

PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — It was a chaotic scene this afternoon on the Sakonnet River Bridge.

The bridge’s southbound lanes were in gridlock for nearly an hour after a car caught fire.

No one was injured, according to Lt. Brendan Martin of the Portsmouth Fire Department.

Police and firefighters from Portsmouth, the Newport Navy Base and Fall River responded at about 3:45 p.m., according to Lt. Martin, who said Tiverton was dealing with a separate incident.

Black plumes of smoke were seen on the Portsmouth side of the bridge before the fire was extinguished. Lt. Martin said the department is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Traffic in the southbound lanes was backed up well ahead of Tiverton’s Main Road exit. Many drivers who had gone past the exit didn’t like what they saw in front of them, so they drove onto the grassy medium strip to get to the exit lane.

Shortly after the scene was cleared, a car was rear-ended in the right, southbound lane, forcing rescue workers to make a return trip to the bridge.

Comments

1 comment on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment
LeeLeeHuntoon

AND THERE ARE GONE TO MANY MANY MORE ON THIS BRIDGE TOO...SO SAD .........ACCIDENTS......ITS A BAD ROAD ....TWISTS AND TURN AND BUMPS......

Thursday, July 4, 2013 | Report this

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.