One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a multi-car crash that forced the closure of the eastbound lanes of traffic on the Newport/Pell Bridge just before 9 a.m. today, according to the Rhode Island State Police. The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to South County Hospital.

State Police Capt. Matthew Moynihan said the crash was reported at 8:56 a.m., when one car struck another in the high-speed lane, setting off a chain reaction of crashes involving a total of six vehicles.

As a result of those crashes, the toll booth was shut down to prevent additional vehicles from entering the bridge until traffic could get past the accident scene, Captain Moynihan said. The high-speed lane on the westbound side of the bridge also was closed to allow rescue crews to access the scene.

All lanes were reopened to traffic at 9:41 a.m., Captain Moynihan said.

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