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Cop Injured in Route 1 Crash as Crews Attempt to Clean Up Fuel Spill

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Posted on Apr 06, 2013

Four people, including a police officer, were injured as a result of two successive South Brunswick crashes on Route 1, early on the morning of March 21.

The first crash took place around at 1:00 a.m., as a New York Times semi truck driven by 62-year-old Alvin Nicholson struck the back of a tanker truck driven by 49-year-old Edwin Diaz near the intersection of Route 1 and Major Road.

Howell resident Nicholson and Virginia Beach resident Diaz were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment of non-critical injuries. Police have issued Nicholson a summons for careless driving.

According to South Brunswick Police, the crash caused a fuel spill on the roadway that required the northbound lanes of Route 1 to be closed for several hours. A South Brunswick Police patrol car was parked sideways across the highway, blocking the cleanup crew and diverting traffic onto Major Road.

Less than an hour later, a 2002 Nissan Altima missed the traffic shift and crashed into the side of the parked patrol car at high speed. Patrolman Mark Lorenc, who had been sitting in the vehicle at the time of the crash, sustained a head and back injury and was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital by the Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad. Police say that the officer has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.

42-year-old Shawn Frasier, the driver of the Altima, received treatment for minor injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Police believe that Frasier, of Kendall Park, was on her way home from Parx Casino in Pennsylvania, and it is possible that she fell asleep at the wheel. Police are still investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Driving summonses may be issued when the investigation is complete.

For more information on this and other New Jersey car accident issues, call us today at (877) 360-0183.

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