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Man dead after wrong-way driver slams into car on I-195 in Somerset, police say

A wrong-way driver slammed into another car on Interstate 195 in Somerset Wednesday morning, killing a man from Portsmouth, R.I., State Police said.

Adriaen Thibeault, 21, was killed in the crash, which occurred at 3:45 a.m., after a head on collision with the alleged wrong way driver, a 50-year-old man from Bristol, R.I., according to a statement from State Police spokesman David Procopio.

Thibeault was driving a Nissan Sentra westbound on I-195 when the 50-year-old man, driving eastbound in a Volvo XC90 struck his vehicle, causing the Nissan to become engulfed in flames, the statement said.

Thibeault was determined to be dead inside his vehicle, State Police said.

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The 50-year-old man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries, according to the statement. He was the sole occupant of the Volvo, State Police said.

All but one lane on the interstate has been reopened, the statement said.

The investigation into the crash is being conducted by MSP Troop D, the MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the MSP Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County, Procopio said.

Correspondent Andrew Stanton contributed to this story.




Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com.