Driver facing charges after crashing into Barton River bridge in Orleans

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ORLEANS — A 40-year-old man is facing charges following a crash that took place in Orleans yesterday.

The single-vehicle collision took place on Main Street at around 10:15 p.m.

Witnesses told police that a vehicle had crashed into the Barton River bridge and the driver had left the scene.

The driver, identified as Shane Lontine, of Newport, was found at a home on School Street in Orleans.

Police say that Lontine was turning left from Water Street onto Main Street when he squealed his tires, left his lane of travel, and lost control of his vehicle.

Lontine’s vehicle collided with the bridge, causing major damage to the front end of the vehicle, and cracking a pillar on the side of the bridge.

He was issued a citation to appear in court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation.

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