A pickup truck crashed into a horse-drawn hayride on a straight stretch of lighted highway Friday night, killing a woman and injuring all 19 others involved.
“There were people all over the street and the side of the road, hay everywhere,” police Lt. Jamie Hainsworth said.
The truck rear-ended the wooden wagon pulled by two horses in the slow lane about 20 miles west of Providence, Hainsworth said.
The hayride was carrying 18 passengers, mostly adults, and a driver; the truck driver was alone.
Roger Leveillee came out of St. Eugene’s Roman Catholic Church just after the accident: “I saw the hay. I could see (people) lying on the ground moaning and groaning.”
A woman, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three people were airlifted to Massachusetts hospitals with multiple injuries and three people were in critical condition at hospitals in Rhode Island.
At least two other hospitals admitted patients, mostly in fair or stable condition.
Five people were treated and released.
The horses were not injured.