• October 17, 2022

Grandmother Killed, Children Injured in Dump Truck Accident on Putnam Pike in Chepachet, RI

Chepachet, RI -- October 14, 2022, a woman was killed and children were injured in an accident where a truck hit an SUV on Putnam Pike.

Investigators responded to the area of Ted's Auto along Putnam Pike just outside of Glocester.

Grandmother Killed, Children Injured in Dump Truck Accident on Putnam Pike in Chepachet, RI

It appears that a dump truck and a Subaru were traveling in opposite directions along Putnam Pike. Authorities say they believe the dump truck somehow hit the Subaru, resulting in tires coming off the truck and hitting a Honda.

A grandmother in the Subaru reportedly succumbed to fatal injuries due to the crash. Three children in the Subaru were taken to the hospital following the crash. At this time, no further information is available.

Commentary on Dump Truck Accident on Putnam Pike in Chepachet

It's concerning any time a truck "hits" another vehicle, but it's important to avoid jumping to conclusions. That can happen for all kinds of reasons, and we can't just throw blame around without any evidence. Is it possible the truck driver was being reckless and went into oncoming lanes? Certainly. Is it possible the victims' vehicle drifted over the center line? Absolutely. It's even possible some unusual factor neither driver could foresee led to the crash.

At the end of the day, getting evidence needs to be the priority, and that tends to require more thorough investigations than simple police reports. Frankly, police investigators don't always have the time, training, or equipment to ensure nothing important slips through the cracks. Understanding why that is and what can be done to ensure victims and families get the answers they need is a prudent step toward seeing a resolution to a chaotic situation like this. Considering a woman lost her life here, any step toward ensuring her loved ones get answers is a step worth taking.

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