Police Close Mt. Hope Bridge After Fatal Crash

State Police are reportedly leading an investigation into a fatal crash on the Mt. Hope Bridge Saturday night.

Motorists were directed to find alternate routes Saturday night after police closed Mt. Hope Bridge to all traffic following a serious motor vehicle crash. 

Multiple sources from both the Portsmouth Fire and Police Departments confirmed the crash involved a fatality. Information about the victim or possible victims is unknown at this time. 

Multiple people were reported to be injured, according to Capt. Michael O'Brien, spokesperson for the Portsmouth Fire Department. Portsmouth and Bristol Rescues were called to the bridge, which spans both towns. 

Portsmouth police are directing questions to the State Police, who are leading the investigation.

The bridge was closed to traffic around 7:30 p.m. Motorists were directed to take Route 24 to I-195 through Fall River, MA, as a detour to Bristol. 

It is unknown when the bridge will reopen. Mt. Hope Bridge could be closed to traffic throughout the night as the investigation continues. 

Susan Alexander December 02, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I just drove across it at 10:15 pm. from Bristol to Aquidneck Is...no problems...no signs of an accident...hope all is well
Susan December 02, 2012 at 01:39 PM
There is one terrible problem with that bridge right now....they are painting the north end of the bridge, and with the canvas covers on both sides, the bridge is narrower than ever in that section. No where to go...no margin of error if needed. My guess is that this fatal accident may have occurred at the northern end of the bridge.
Mrs. B December 02, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Pray for the victims of this horrible crash.
John Coccio December 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Surprise!!!! You are wrong. Occoured on the SOUTH side of the bridge.


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