- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) - Police say bystanders helped save a woman in Smithfield after she became trapped when an SUV she was driving hit a pickup, flipped and caught fire.

Police say they are investigating what caused Wednesday afternoon’s crash on Interstate 295.

Investigators say 61-year-old Debra White, of North Providence, was in the breakdown lane in her SUV when she suddenly veered left and cut across several lanes of traffic. The driver of the pickup was not harmed but the flames from White’s SUV spread to the surrounding brush and trees.

Several witnesses pulled her to safety and she was taken to Rhode Island Hospital.

WPRI-TV reports White was in stable condition on Thursday.

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