Three Seriously Injured in NJ Turnpike Truck Accident

Sources confirmed that three people suffered serious injuries in a truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on August 25. A car with three occupants traveling northbound was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike shortly after midnight. The car was forced to slow down by the flow of traffic, and the truck failed to stop in time.

The truck pinned the vehicle against a concrete barrier, dragged it for nearly a half mile before it struck another vehicle and became lodged underneath the truck. One of the passengers in the car was ejected from the vehicle; the two others were trapped. Rescuers worked over two hours to removed the trapped persons. All three were rushed to the hospital, where one is listed in stable condition and the other two in critical condition. The accident remains under investigation.

The fact that the truck dragged the car against a concrete barrier for such a long distance and only was stopped by another car seems suspicious. Did the brakes malfunction? Is this a case of distracted driving?

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2 Responses to Three Seriously Injured in NJ Turnpike Truck Accident

  1. You are correct, this could be a case of distracted or drowsy driving on the truck driver’s part. Distracted driving is a problem for motorists and truck drivers alike. Truck drivers often work long hours under the pressure of tight schedules, and they sometimes use the aid of stimulants to reach their destinations on time. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that drowsy driving is a factor in over 100,000 accidents a year, and that could have been the case in this accident.

  2. We agree with your suspicions about what may have caused the truck to drag the vehicle. This story certainly sounds like either poor truck maintenance or driver inattention would be to blame, and the investigation should determine if either-or maybe even both-of those possibilities led to this accident. Law enforcement should summon phone records to determine if the driver may have been talking or texting on a cell phone at the time of the accident, and all maintenance records should be examined as well.

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