Tractor Trailer Crashes Into Tow Truck On Route 1 In West Windsor

November 22, 2022

WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–Around 2:00 p.m. a tractor trailer crashed into the rear of a tow truck in the center lane of Route 1 near Carnegie Center. West Windor Police and West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services responded to the scene.

When West Windsor Fire & Emergency Services arrived, it appeared that a Tractor Trailer rear-ended a flatbed tow truck in the middle lane. During the collision, the Tractor Trailer Jack-knifed, and together the vehicles slid toward the shoulder of the roadway.

During the collision, the motor of the tractor-trailer sheered off its mounts. Due to the motor being damaged, a significant amount of motor oil discharged into the highway.

The Incident Commander requested a sand truck from the New Jersey Department of Transportation to the scene to apply sand to the roadway. This response was ideal as there was no immediate risk of rain and the oil spanned a considerable distance.

Recovery operators with Eddie’s towing were able to disentangle the two vehicles. The tractor-trailer was towed due to significant damage to the motor.

Once removed, members assessed the nearby storm drains, water runoffs, debris removal, and documentation.

West Windsor Police closed traffic to one lane of the highway until about 3:30 p.m. West Windsor Police Department is investigating.

WEST WINDSOR PD: TRAFFIC ADVISORY – avoid Route 1 North @ Carnegie Center Blvd due to motor vehicle accident. Traffic flow down to one Northbound lane.

WEST WINDSOR PD: TRAFFIC ADVISORY – All Route 1 Northbound lanes @ Carnegie Center Blvd have been re-opened. Traffic flow is normal. – Dispatcher 766