Category Archives: New Brunswick
Last month, a passenger bus slammed into exactly 10 vehicles at a stoplight in South Brunswick. The Coach USA bus crashed through two lanes of cars stopped at a red light. The bus mangled several cars, shoved a few vehicles off of the roadway and crushed the rest. Seven people were injured in the accident, and two of them sustained serious injuries. The victims with the more serious injuries included a 35-year-old man with a fractured back and a 61-year-old woman with a fractured pelvis and ribs. Firefighters were forced to use the Jaws of Life, a hydraulic extrication tool, to free two of the crash victims from their vehicles. Fortunately, the passenger bus was empty. The bus accident forced the South Brunswick Police Department to shut down the Route 130 for two hours. Though investigators have ruled out weather conditions, police are still investigating the cause of the accident….
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Large commercial trucks that jackknife on the road due to driver negligence or inattention can face charges or citations for causing other accidents on the road. Jackknifing describes when the back end of a semi-truck swings out to one side while the cab faces forward. These dangerous accidents can cause multiple other accidents with vehicles on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has estimated that jackknifing incidents have about a five percent fatality rate and, within a few moments, these accidents can cause life-threatening injuries to other motorists. A South Brunswick truck accident on January 27 caused heavy traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike when a tractor-trailer jackknifed and blocked all lanes. Similarly, a Trenton truck accident caused minor injuries and traffic delays on Route 78 on January 21 after a tractor-trailer jackknifed and hit two other vehicles. New Jersey State Police reported that the truck collided…
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A North Brunswick police officer admitted in court on November 13 to joyriding on duty in a sports car that killed his passenger and fellow officer in August of 2008 in Middlesex County. Keith Buckley pleaded guilty to official misconduct and admitted to driving a high-powered Dodge Viper on August 12, 2008 while on duty and “intentionally speeding.” Buckley was joyriding with fellow officer Christopher Zerby while on duty when he lost control of the rented sports car on Route 130 and collided into a utility pole. Zerby was killed in the accident. Buckley had borrowed the car from his brother to drive it during lunchtime. Buckley is now charged with two indictments of second-degree vehicular homicide and official misconduct. A 19-year veteran of the force at the time of the collision, Buckley must forfeit the right to hold public office or a public job, resign from the police department…
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