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UPDATED: 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.

Updated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 

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. 

According to The Providence Journal, one man died and five other people were injured after a two-vehicle crash around 7 p.m. The identity of the deceased man and those injured have not been released. 

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. Saturday. Motorists were directed to take Route 24 to I-195 through Fall River, MA, as a detour to Bristol. 

Mt. Hope Bridge was re-opened to traffic around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

portsmouthgirl63 December 03, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Unfortunately Maureen there have been fatalities on the Mt. Hope Bridge.. Two come to mind...2 years ago an RWU student was killed & a motorcyclist a few years before that. Prayers to the families of those killed/injured in this latest accident.
Portsmouth Citizen December 03, 2012 at 05:23 PM
This is not a free speech issue, people. Patch is not the government. Patch is a privately owned service. It is a bit of a pet peeve of mine that people talk about censorship and free speech rights when the government in not involved. The Constitution only protects you from government censorship. The Constitution doesn't grant you any right to post comments on a privately owned commercial website. Patch can decide what they want to allow as user comments. The ToU reads, "Patch will make the sole determination as to whether Content is acceptable for the Service." The Terms of Use are not mere guidelines. The ToU is a binding contract. The ToU reads, "By using the Service, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms of Use. ... If you do not accept these Terms of Use ... you may not use the Service." Get it? Government regulation of speech = 1st Amendment rights violation. Patch regulation of comments = too bad, it's their site and their rules.
OldTownie December 04, 2012 at 12:21 AM
So, Patch should only post "Good" news? What color is the sky in your world, people? Grow up, bad things happen. And good reporters, report them.
OtherSide December 04, 2012 at 01:39 AM
portsmouthgirl: sept 2008 on the rwu student and the motorcycle was NOT on the bridge rather it was southbound before the traffic light on ferry road in bristol.
LP December 04, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I was informed by a mutual friend that this man had a heart attack at the wheel. Everyone should just stop their ranting and be thankful that no one else was killed.

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