Articles Posted in Auto Accidents

An 85-year-old woman was critically injured in a New Jersey car accident when a delivery van struck her and her grandson as they crossed the street. According to an Asbury Park Press news report, the pedestrian accident occurred on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank. Officials say the woman was walking with her 4-year-old grandson from Burger King to her home when the delivery van struck them. She was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in critical condition and her grandson was treated and released.
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Two women were killed and six others were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a car and a truck. According to a news report in The New York Times, the fatal car accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway in Stafford Township. It is unclear from the report as to what led to the collision. The fatally injured women were in the front seat of the car. A boy and a girl, who were also passengers, were flown by helicopter to Atlantic City in serious condition. A man, a woman, a boy, and a girl in the pickup sustained relatively minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
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A 74-year-old woman was killed in a Gloucester County car accident, which officials say involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a WPVI news report, the fatal DUI crash occurred at the intersection of Holly Avenue and Lambs Road in Mantua. Officials say a 38-year-old woman was intoxicated when she crashed her Mercedes Benz into the passenger side of a Buick LeSabre. The 76-year-old driver of the Buick was injured and his wife was killed. The driver of the Mercedes was jailed and charged with vehicular homicide.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 589 traffic deaths in New Jersey in 2012, of which 164 involved an intoxicated driver. That means 28 percent of all traffic deaths that year involved a drunk driver. New Jersey had the largest decrease in alcohol-related traffic deaths nationwide with 30 fewer lives lost. However, drunk driving continues to be a serious problem that costs many lives each year.
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A dangerous intersection in Woolwich Township, which officials say has seen 48 accidents in the last three years, will finally get the repairs it so desperately needs, reports. City officials say they have been trying to “get something changed” at the intersection of Kings Highway (a Gloucester County owned roadway) and Route 322, which is state-owned.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation has announced that it will execute a project that will reconfigure the intersection and provide dedicated left-turn lanes at all four approaches. The project will also include other safety upgrades and will be completed by the end of the year 2018, officials say.
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A crash involving a charter bus, a dump truck, and a car on the New Jersey Turnpike left several people injured. According to a news report in, the vehicles were northbound on the Turnpike about two miles south of the Interchange 7A in Hamilton Township when the dump truck struck the car. The car in turn hit a charter bus operated by the Megabus company. The dump truck also hit the Megabus.

At least two people had to be freed from their car by firefighters. Both suffered internal and head injuries, but were reported to be in stable condition. Two others in the car suffered relatively minor injuries, officials said. The dump truck’s driver suffered a head injury and a cut to his face. Two passengers in the bus were taken to a hospital as they complained of pain. The cause of this collision is still under investigation and no summonses have been issued yet.
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Three people suffered serious injuries and two others were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving four vehicles. According to a WPVI news report, the car crash occurred on the eastbound Atlantic City Expressway between Exits 41 and 38 in Winslow Township.

Officials say a Toyota sedan rear-ended a dump truck and flipped over. A Ford F-250 and a Honda Accord both struck the upside-down Toyota. The driver of the Toyota and a person in the Honda were flown to a nearby hospital for treatment. Another person in the Honda suffered serious injuries. The drivers of the Ford F-250 and the dump truck sustained minor injuries but refused treatment. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
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Morris County officials have announced that they plan on hiring an out-of-state firm to assess the safety problems presented by a roadway that has gained notoriety for the number of accidents that occur there. According to a news report in The Observer-Tribune, there have been more than 40 separate incidents involving tractor-trailers on Schooley’s Mountain Road in Washington Township.

In one recent incident, three school children were almost struck by a truck. Officials are trying to determine if big rigs should be prohibited from using the roadway because there are two hairpin turns coming down the mountain that are difficult to maneuver with a large truck.
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On Memorial Day weekend of 2012, four people lost their lives on New Jersey roads. According to statewide law enforcement officials, four people again died on New Jersey highways over the Memorial Day weekend.

According to, the crashes were located in Clifton on Route 3, in Woodbridge on the Garden State Parkway, in Sussex County on Route 23, and in Atlantic County in Hammonton. New Jersey State Police Sergeant Adam Grossman stated that the four fatalities occurred in four separate accidents at these locations. Two of those who died were drivers, and two were passengers in the vehicles involved. All four accidents remain under investigation.

Sergeant Grossman said that New Jersey State Police had the goal of zero deaths on the state’s highways over the Memorial Day weekend and were disappointed that the total number of fatalities remained the same as last year’s total.
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According to Lieutenant Mark Ubry, Lawrence Township police spokesman, a car crash shut down electrical service to businesses and residences in the Franklin Road area for several hours. As reported by Lawrenceville Patch, only one vehicle was involved in the crash that caused the power outage.

Lieutenant Ubry confirmed that drunk driving charges have been filed against the car’s driver. Officer Ryan Dunn noticed while on patrol that power to traffic lights at the intersection of Franklin Corner Road and Route 1 was out and began to survey the area in order to determine the cause of the power outage. He believed that the cause could have been a fire in a transformer or another issue, such as a fallen tree. In the 100 block of Franklin Corner Road, Officer Dunn drove up to the scene of a crash. A utility pole had snapped and had fallen across the highway as the result of being struck by an automobile.

Ubry went on to say that the 21-year-old driver of the car from Brick Township was arrested at the scene. He was charged with the following:

  • Reckless driving
  • Failure to maintain a lane
  • Refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test
  • Driving under the influence

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NJ Texting While DrivingTexting while you are behind the wheel has been proven to be just as deadly as driving with your eyes closed. Even so, many still text and drive-including more adults every day. If you believe the biggest offenders when it comes to texting while driving are teens and young people, reconsider. Courtesy of New Brunswick Patch, and published on April 2nd, 2013, a new survey completed by AT&T shows that adults could be worse than teens when it comes to texting behind the wheel. Forty-nine percent of adults admitted to text messaging while driving. That percentage compares to 43 percent of teen drivers who admit to texting while driving.

Texting is newer for adults than for teens and has taken longer to catch on. Sixty percent of adults said they started texting while driving during the past three years. That is the case even though 98 percent of adults surveyed who responded that they text while driving believe that doing so is a dangerous habit.
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