- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Authorities say an investigation is underway after a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus crash in downtown Providence sent five people to the hospital.

Police say the bus was traveling north on Francis Street when it struck a light pole near the Amtrak station around 2:10 p.m. Tuesday.

RIPTA spokeswoman Barbara Polichetti says four passengers and the driver were hospitalized after the crash. She says the injuries don’t appear to be serious.

Polichetti says speed doesn’t appear to have played a role in the crash. Police say the driver of the bus appeared to have been in normal physical condition at the time of the incident. No chemical test for alcohol or drugs was given.


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