Newport Pell Bridge

Both lanes of the Claiborne Pell Bridge were temporarily closed on Wednesday afternoon due to a crash, according to Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA).

From approximately 12:17 pm to 1:14 pm, Eastbound lanes were closed due to a small tractor-trailer that had jackknifed. The trailer struck the median barrier and the impact of the crash pushed the barrier into the westbound lane.

Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority announced at 12:23 pm that both eastbound and westbound lanes were closed on the bridge was shut down so crews could remove the vehicle and fix the barrier.

RITBA has said no one was injured in the crash.

The bridge reopened in both directions at 1:14 pm.

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