An 84 year-old female driver of a Toyota Camry was pronounced dead at Kimball Hospital this afternoon following a 2:06 p.m. crash at South Cooks Bridge and Bennetts Mills Road. The Camry was struck by a JCP&L crane truck towing a trailer that had the green light according to Jackson Police. The woman was heavily entrapped in the car which was struck broadside at the “A” and “B” posts with heavy intrusion into the interior from the passenger side. She was not wearing a seat belt and sustained multiple serious injuries from the impact. The driver of the JCP&L truck was not injured.
Responding fire fighters from Jackson Stations 54, 55 and 57 arrived on the scene within minutes with Assistant Chief Mike Waters as incident command, and the crews conducted rapid extrication and assisted Quality EMS and Mon-Oc paramedics at the scene. Crews from 5504, Engines 5421 and 5511 utilized numerous hydraulic rescue tools, secured the vehicle and also stretched a 1 3/4″ hand line as a precaution.
New Jersey State Police and Jackson Police Department conducted an extensive crash investigation lasting several hours. Stations 54, 55 and 57 were all cleared from the scene at 2:56 p.m.
A link to an Asbury Park Press story is as follows: http://www.app.com/article/20120417/NJNEWS/304170068/Woman-killed-Jackson-crash
Just as units cleared the Bennetts Mills crash, at 2:51 p.m. Jackson Stations 55 and 57 were dispatched to a one car crash on County Line Road at Steuben Lane. A driver of a Mustang Cobra lost control of his car and crossed over a median and three lanes of traffic at high speed, striking a telephone pole with the rear of the vehicle. The force of the crash was sufficient that parts of the car were strewn across the travel lanes of the road, front yard of a dentist’s office and into an adjacent parking lot. The driver was not injured.
The crew of Engine 5511 secured the vehicle as well as assisting in shutting off power to a well-head pump sheared off by the car in front of the dentists office.
The Jackson Police Department is handling the investigation. Crews cleared from that scene at 3:26 p.m.