- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island State Police say excessive speed was a factor in two crashes that left two Providence men dead.

The Providence Journal reports the first crash happened around 1:45 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 95 South near exit 25 in Pawtucket.

Police say 30-year-old Virtolino Lima was traveling south at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a curb, guardrail and pole. Lima was killed. Police say alcohol was a factor in that crash.

Just before 3 a.m., troopers were called to a crash near the merge of I-95 South and state Route 146 in Providence. The car was found engulfed in flames.

Providence police say 28-year-old Raymond Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene.

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