HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told Midjersey.News that there was a fatal crash on I-195 early this morning. The crash was reported at 12:10 a.m. on I-195 westbound at milepost 0.2 in Hamilton Twp, Mercer County.
A Hyundai Elantra, a Western Star 4700 dump truck, and a Mitsubishi Outlander were traveling westbound on Interstate 195. In the area of milepost 0.2, the front of the Hyundai impacted the rear of the Western Star dump truck. After impact with the Western Star, the rear of the Hyundai was impacted by the front of the Mitsubishi. The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Torrey Flim, 23, of Hamilton sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash.
EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:11 p.m. the Hightstown Fire Company, Hightstown First Aid, Robbinsville Fire Department and NJ State Troopers were sent to mile post 65.2 south bound outer roadway for a tractor-trailer in the woods with reported injuries. Upon arrival the tractor-trailer was into the woods but there were no injuries or entrapment. NJ State Police and NJ Turnpike Authority were standing by waiting for tow trucks to extricate the vehicle from the woods. NJ State Police is investigating the crash. No additional details are available at this time.
The DEP is aware of over 100 black vulture deaths that have been occurring since early August off the Sussex Branch Trail in Lafayette, Sussex County, New Jersey. USDA has confirmed the cause as Avian Influenza (bird flu).
This is a phenomenon that has been observed in many states along the East Coast. Black vultures are seemingly very susceptible to Avian Influenza, and they tend to scavenge the carcasses of dead vultures, which can prolong the duration of a local outbreak such as the one being seen in Sussex County. The birds have been left to decompose on site due to rough terrain causing accessibility issues and a lack of personnel in the State certified to handle infected birds. Improper handling can lead to further spread of disease.
The risk of avian influenza being transmitted to people is extremely low. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife are monitoring the situation. For questions regarding poultry please contact NJ Department of Agriculture ((609) 671-6400).
TOMS RIVER, NJ (OCEAN)–Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Chief of Police Mitch Little announced that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit are currently investigating a homicide that occurred at approximately 1:20 a.m. on August 27, 2022 in Toms River.
At approximately 1:20 a.m. this morning, Officers from Toms River Township Police Department responded to 1723 Hooper Avenue for a report of gunshots fired. Responding Officers found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. A twenty-nine year-old male was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River and was pronounced deceased. The two other victims were transported to Monmouth County for medical attention. A twenty-nine year-old male victim is currently in critical but stable condition. A twenty-five year-old male victim was treated for his injuries and released.
Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Little wish to emphasize that this is an active and ongoing investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit. There is no known danger to the public at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact Detective Denis Mitchell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, or Detective Jennifer Grob of the Toms River Township Police Department at 732-349-0150
The roadway has since reopened. Once official information is available the story will be updated.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Around 12:17 a.m. this morning NJ State Police reported a serious crash involving a car and a dump truck on I-195 west bound at mile post 0.2 near the I-295 overpass. Troopers called for Hamilton Township Fire Department, EMS and Captial Health Paramedics. It was unclear if anyone was transported from the scene to the hospital.
Troopers closed I-195 West Bound at the I-295 “loop” and I-195 East Bound left lane was closed.
From the scene it looks like one of the cars had heavy front end damage and two other cars appeared to be involved with the dump truck. The dump truck appears to be traveling west bound and went through the guard rail into the east bound lanes.
No further information is available about the crash at this time. Once NJ State Police releases official information the story will be updated and any corrections made.