One dead in early morning crash in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – One woman was killed following a two-car crash in Providence that happened early Wednesday morning.

The Providence fire department said the crash happened on the corner of Branch and Vandewater street at 5:14 AM.

Brenda Alvarado was opening up shop at McDonald’s when the lights turned off.

“It was a lot of noise,” Alvarado said. “It felt like it was the 4th of July. A lot of noise, like fireworks, that’s how it sounded.”

A witness told police a car sped down Vandewater and crashed into a car coming into the opposite direction.

Police say the woman then veered into a utility pole, knocking it down, and causing a power outage in the near area.

“We saw the two cars that crashed,” Alvarado said. “It was a guy in one of them. He was still alive, but he was hurt.”

The driver of the other vehicle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.

Police are currently investigating the cause of the accident.

“It’s an unfortunate event,” Captain San Lucas said. “We’re trying to find out exactly what happened.”

In the meantime, some businesses doors are closed.

“We only had one order and that’s when it happened, so we lost all the sales for the day,” Alvarado said.

Police say they’re working to clean up the area and restore power.

“National Grid will need to remove the transformers and the pole and the cables and the wires,” Captain San Lucas said. “Then we’ll do our reconstruction and then we’ll clean up.”

This is a developing story, more details will be added as they become available.

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