‘He was my hero’: Son of victim in West Greenwich crash speaks out after devastating loss

WEST GREENWICH, R.I. (WLNE) – The family of a man killed in a fiery single-car crash early Wednesday morning is speaking out after their loss.

55-year-old Kenneth Norberg was traveling on I-95 South just after midnight Wednesday, when his car went off the road, rolled over, and burst into flames.

“It has been the worst three days of my life up until this point,” said Ken Norberg, the eldest of Norberg’s children.

Norberg learned the news of his father’s death while he was on a work trip in Massachusetts. He said the drive back to Rhode Island was the hardest drive he’s ever had to get through.

“He was my hero.”

Norberg leaves behind his wife and four children. He lived in Coventry and worked for Carousel Industries for the past 20 years.

The company released a statement Wednesday, saying he was a fixture in the organization and always had a smile on his face.

“We are devastated by the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Ken was a highly respected and beloved member of the Carousel family for 20 years and a fixture in our organization. He had an enormous personality and always had a smile on his face and a laugh to share. Ken was truly passionate about his work and immensely dedicated to his clients. There are not sufficient words to express how greatly he will be missed. At this time our heartfelt condolences rest with his wife, children, and family.”

Norberg said his father was well known through his company, and the family has received an outpouring of love from those that knew him.

“My dad lives for his family, for his friends. Everything he did was for everybody else around him because that’s what made him happy. There’s probably not a person in Rhode Island that doesn’t have a Ken Norberg story.”

According to Rhode Island State Police, the accident happened past Exit 6 at approximately 12:07 AM. Norberg was pronounced dead at the scene and police said speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

State Police continue to investigate.

“He’s touched more lives in my 33 years of him being my father than I could even possibly understand. He’s the person that has faith in people when don’t have faith within themselves. He brings them up and makes them better. I’m the man I am today because of him. I’m the father to my children I am today because of him.”

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