On Sept.18, a hospital spokesperson confirmed that a Sussex woman injured in a highway crash on Route 565 on Sept. 4 still lies in critical condition two weeks after the accident. The car accident occurred at around 9 p.m. near milepost 10.6 when a 21-year-old man heading south drove his Mitsubishi Lancer into the northbound lane, according to a state police sergeant. The 42-year-old woman was airlifted to a medical center and remains in treatment in the intensive care unit.
Some New Jersey drivers think nothing of sending a text at a stoplight or picking up the phone while driving. However, these things - especially texting, which requires a driver to take his or her eyes off the road - constitute distracted driving, which is often fatal or injurious. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted drivers caused 18 percent of fatal and injury-causing crashes in 2010. This equaled 3,092 deaths and 416,000 injuries.
At least five people were injured in a chain-reaction crash in South Jersey on Aug. 30. The victims were teenage girls who were on their way to a charity soccer game. The accident caused the closure of the road, which lasted for about two hours, while police investigated. Officers continue to investigate the accident but have not yet issued any summonses.
On Aug. 26, an accident involving two cars and an ambulance in East Bridgewater at approximately 1:30 p.m. left two individuals injured, according to police. The ambulance was heading towards a nearby hospital with an injured person.