Vehicle crashes into wall at Newport mansion

NEWPORT, R.I. – An SUV has crashed into a wall at Newport's famed Breakers mansion, and four college students are seriously hurt.

Newport Police Lt. William Fitzgerald says four 19-year-old students at Salve Regina University were in the car early Thursday when it crashed. He says it appears the vehicle was going fast, although details are still being investigated.

Fitzgerald says it's not clear whether alcohol was involved.

Police say the driver, Michael Canning of Massapequa, N.Y., was taken by helicopter to Rhode Island Hopsital in Providence and has broken rib fractures and internal injuries. Christopher Wands, of Port Washington, N.Y., was taken there by ambulance with two broken legs.

Christopher Connors, of Garden City, N.J., has a broken pelvis and leg, and Ian Cadzin of East Rockaway, N.Y., broke his leg. They were treated in Newport.