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Dump Truck Cut-Off At Red Light, Jumps Curb, Several Injured in Plainfield

Posted on Aug 27, 2012

At 10:45 a.m., near the intersection of Park Avenue and 7th Street, a Plainfield Board of Education the truck was heading south on East 7th Street. As it entered the intersection, a Ford Taurus drove through a red light on Park Avenue and crossed in front the truck, according to Martin Hellwig, Plainfield’s public safety director.

“In an attempt to avoid the collision, the driver of the dump truck swerved, lost control, and drove over the curb striking the three pedestrians,” Hellwig said in a statement. The truck then struck a traffic light pole, which fell into the roadway.

Meanwhile, the driver of the Taurus was forced into westbound traffic, the car colliding with a van occupied by two people.

The three pedestrians were treated at the scene by EMTs, then taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for further care, Hellwig said. They were listed in good condition this afternoon, according to Peter Haigney, a hospital spokesman.

“They’re being evaluated and we’re optimistic we’ll be able to treat them,” Haighney said, noting they had a combination of head and leg injuries.

The driver of the Taurus was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Hellwig said. His officer who not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. Tickets against the driver of the Taurus, who was not identified, are pending the outcome of an accident investigation, Hellwig said.


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