Stations 54 and 55 were dispatched to an overturned vehicle off the road on Westbound I-195 at 0447 hours on Saturday morning, October 12, 2013. Deputy Chief 5410 and Chief 5500 arrived a few minutes later, with 5410 reporting a vehicle on its side, fully involved in fire, and off the road into a tree. There were apparently no eyewitnesses to the crash. New Jersey State Police and Jackson Police also responded. The NJ Department of Transportation responded to help control traffic and also remove a tree that was struck by the vehicle causing it to lean into the roadway.
Fire fighters from Engine 5411 and Engine 5521 extinguished the fire, with a search around the vehicle underway by other crews to determine if anyone had been ejected from the Nissan SUV crash. Additional units Ladder 5405 and Rescue 5503 were on the scene assisting. Immediately following extinguishment of the fire, crews determined that one person was inside and deceased. Following arrival of the Ocean County Medical Examiner, and investigation by NJSP CSI, fire fighters extricated the deceased driver from the burned out vehicle. Identification of the driver was still pending. There were no other victims of the crash.
Fire crews were assisted by the Jackson First Aid Squad and Mon-Oc paramedics.