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RV crashes into building in Woonsocket

August 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Janette Adams was asleep in her first floor apartment at 7 Veterans Way when she heard a crash Thursday morning that nearly knocked her out of bed.
Squinting through the blinds of her bedroom window, Adams did a double-take when she saw the front end of a late model Winnebago-style motor home stuck in the mangled front porch of the multi-family apartment building.
The 20-foot-plus RV slammed into the front of the building just after 11:30 a.m., lodging itself in the front porch, which was nearly torn off the building.
“A couple of feet more and it would have ended up in my bedroom,” said Adams, a tenant at 7 Veterans Way for the past 10 years.
Witnesses said the unidentified driver of the motor home was driving down Pond Street towards Social Street when he suddenly veered left onto Veterans Way, went up over the curb and crashed into the building.
“I just heard this loud noise,” said second-floor resident Janice Gilbert. “I wasn’t sure what it was until I went outside and saw a Winnebago sticking out of the front of the building.”
Police placed the driver, whom witnesses said appeared to be intoxicated, in back of a police cruiser where he was questioned for several minutes. He was later he was placed into an ambulance and taken to Landmark Medical Center.
The motor home was seen earlier by witnesses parked at nearby World War II Veterans Memorial State Park. Police at the scene believe the driver had taken the RV - owned by a friend he was with - for a ride when he crashed it. Officers at the scene were also questioning other acquaintances of the man trying to find out who the owner of the motor home was.
The residents of the apartment building were ordered to stay outside pending an inspection by gas company crews concerned about possible gas leaks from the impact.
The motor home was later towed from the scene and the residents eventually were allowed back into their homes.
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