SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Police are investigating an accident involving a sport utility vehicle and a RIPTA bus that occurred late Sunday morning and left a 17-year-old female with serious injuries.
At 11:50 a.m. a RIPTA bus traveling east on Route 138 collided with an SUV traveling west over the bridge near the Kingston train station, South Kingstown Police Capt. Joel Ewing-Chow said Monday.
Ewing-Chow said the 17-year-old, who is from South Kingstown, was taken by helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. At last update, she was listed in critical condition.
The helicopter arrived at the baseball field in West Kingston Park and took off from the same location, according to Ewing-Chow.
The bus driver, Antoine Dragon, 55, of Cranston, was taken to South County Hospital where he was treated and released, according to a RIPTA spokeswoman.
There were five passengers aboard the Route 66 bus at the time of the accident, but none were injured, the spokeswoman said Tuesday.
As a result of the accident, Route 138 was closed between Route 110 and Fairgrounds Road for a couple hours Sunday as police worked on scene.
The RIPTA bus ended up further down Route 138 and Ewing-Chow said while he was unsure of the reason for this, he was told that the bus “lost brakes,” but that aspect of the incident is still under investigation.
Ewing-Chow said an accident re-constructionist was on-scene Monday.
“It doesn’t appear that there will be any type of criminal charges related to the accident,” he said. “No DUI or anything like that, but as to the specifics as to how it happened, etc., we’re coming up with an explanation.”