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NJ Chain Reaction Crash Injures 7, Knocks Out Gas Pump and Spills Fuel

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Posted on Oct 20, 2013

Seven people received hospital treatment after a being struck by an out-of-control vehicle in a NJ chain reaction crash.


The Linden NJ accident occurred just before 11:00 a.m. on October 5, 2013. According to police reports, an Acura sedan had lost control while driving south on Edgar Road (Routes 1 and 9). The vehicle, which had been carrying five people, struck the curb and ran over a utility pole before careening into the Hess station on Edgar Road.


Linden Police Capt. James Sarnicki described the chain reaction crash that happened next.


“The Acura struck one vehicle that was just entering the station, and the force of that collision then forced that vehicle into a second vehicle which was in the process of filling up with fuel,” Capt. Sarnicki told local newsagents.


One of the gas pumps at the service station was also knocked over in the crash, causing gasoline to spill onto the ground. The station attendant on duty was able to shut off the flow of gas with an emergency switch.


When the police arrived, the Acura was overturned and resting on its roof. A female passenger in the Acura was found on the ground outside the vehicle, and was taken via ambulance to University Hospital in Newark for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Four other occupants of the Acura were also hospitalized, but their conditions were not immediately known.


At least two other people received treatment for undisclosed injuries: one at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, and one at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway.


The New Jersey State Police and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police temporarily suspended traffic along Route 278 West from the Turnpike to allow investigators access to the crash site. No charges have been filed yet, and the accident remains under investigation.

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