Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Team Technician Died This Morning Responding To Call For Service On NJ Turnpike

August 27, 2021

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A tractor trailer overturned and crashed this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike at 6:17 a.m. at interchange 8A as earlier reported by MidJersey.News A Freightliner tractor trailer carrying a hazardous material overturned on the ramp. Middlesex County Hazmat was requested and responded to the scene. 

Since that time Middlesex County Firefighters Association/IAFF Local 3451 announced a line-of-duty death of one if its members on the Hazardous Materials Team. The statement reads below:

It is with deepest regret and sorrow that the Middlesex County Hazmat Unit reports the line-of-duty death of Lieutenant Donald J. Trout earlier this morning while responding to a call for service. Lieutenant Trout was with the Unit since 2002 and previously served as the Supervisor for “A” Shift. Recently, Lieutenant Trout was named as the Unit’s Training Officer. Lieutenant Trout was a member of IAFF Local 3451- Middlesex County Firefighter’s Association. He held several positions within the Local including a term as President. Information regarding the arrangements will be forwarded as it becomes available.