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Bridgewater Dump Truck Crash Leads to Fuel Spill on Route 202 in NJ

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Posted on May 07, 2013

Residents experienced closed roads and diesel fumes early on the morning of April 19 after a dump truck crash in Bridgewater spilled fuel onto the roadway.

According to the Bridgewater Township Police Department, the accident took place when the dump truck’s driver, Newark resident Mario Vicuna, was unable to stop at the red light at the intersection between Milltown Road and Route 202 South.

The dump truck entered the intersection against the light, striking a Ford F150 that was traveling north on Milltown Road. Brian Konsko’s Ford F150 was then pushed into a Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Tawana Gordon of Allentown.

The crash caused diesel fuel to leak out of the dump truck and onto the road, spreading across the highway and center median of Route 202 South. The intersection was closed for nearly three hours to allow crews to clean up the scene.

Resident EJ Stankiewicz said that the fuel smell was overpowering and that parents dropping off their kids near Creme de la Creme on Route 202 were forced to park at the North Branch Fire House in Branchburg.

"[We were] walking the kids down with the smell of gas overwhelming in the air," Stankiewicz wrote.

Konsko, of Bridgewater, was taken to Somerset Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries have been reported.

Several fire and rescue departments aided the Bridgewater Township Police at the crash site, including New Jersey Department of Transportation, Somerset County Hazardous Materials Response Team, Country Hills Fire Department, Bradley Gardens Fire Department, and the Somerset Medical Center Rescue Squad.

Bridgewater Township Police Officer Doug Thorsen is conducting the investigation into the crash.

We wish the authorities the best of luck in their investigation and hope for all the injured quick and complete recoveries.

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