CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Michael J. Owens of the Cranbury Police Department announced today that a fatal collision near the intersection of Route 130 North and South River Road is under investigation.
The initial investigation conducted by Sergeant Douglas Mayer of the Cranbury Police Department and Detective Jonathan Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined the collision occurred this morning at approximately 5:48 A.M. The collision involved three vehicles and resulted in the deaths of two people whose identities are being withheld pending notification to the next of kin. Four other individuals were transported from the scene to two nearby hospitals for medical attention.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Sergeant Mayer of the Cranbury Police Department at (609) 395-0031 ext. 7726 or Detective Berman of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4328.
Cranbury Police and numerous emergency personnel are on scene of a serious motor vehicle crash with injuries on US 130 Northbound and Southbound between Half Acre Road and Dey Road. In addition, the South River Road Jug Handle is closed and access is denied south bound on South River Road approaching the area.
Rush hour traffic will be affected, as heavy delays are expected as the investigation continues. Plan alternate routes of travel.
CRANBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 6:00 am a serious accident occurred in the 2600 Block of Route 130 near South River Road (CR535) involving what appeared to be 3 vehicles. Cranbury Township Police, Cranbury Fire Department, Cranbury First Aid Squad were sent to the scene for serious injures and reported entrapment. Mutual aid from several surround towns were called to the scene for assistance. Initial reports were that several have sustained life threatening and serious injures. There is no word on current condition of those involved but a press release is expected later today.
The Cranbury Police Department and NJ DOT has the roadway closed North Bound at South River Road and is detoured in the area. The South Brunswick Police Department, NJ State Police and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is assisting in the crash investigation and the roadway is expected to be closed at least another few hours. There may be a temporary closure of the south bound lanes once measurements are needed so avoid the area if possible.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has responded to assist the Cranbury PD with the investigation and confirms that a press release will be issued sometime today.
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Firefighters were dispatched to mile marker 70.7 north bound outer truck lanes on the NJ Turnpike for a truck fire this evening around 5:45 pm. Upon arrival firefighters found a well involved tractor on fire with no trailer. Firefighters from Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown Fire Company, Monroe Township Fire Department and East Windsor Fire Company responded to the scene. Cranbury First Aid was standing by on a bridge on Cranbury Half Acre Road.
ROBBINSVILLE, EAST WINDSOR, HAMILTON, NJ (MERCER)–If you were lucky enough to be outside this afternoon around 5:15 you would have seen a military fly over called “Salute To The Great Cities Of The American Revolution” en route from New York City to Philadelphia.
Trenton, NJ the home of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area where just north of there General George Washington crossed the Delaware on December 25, 1776 was not on the official list of the “Great Cities”
Still the region from the Monmouth Battlefield, extending though Cranbury, Hightstown, Robbinsville, Hamilton and turning at Trenton towards Philadelphia was still able to see the fly over even though it was not officially on the program.
Spectators were able to see a variety of aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps including: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters in transit from New York City to Philadelphia.
Secretary Esper approved a Department of the Interior request for DOD support to the 2020 Salute to America. DOD will provide aerial, musical and ceremonial support to this year’s celebration in Washington, D.C. This year’s support will also include a flyover of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as well an aerial salute to several cities that played roles in the American Revolution.
The highlight of this year’s celebration will be our salute to the Great Cities of the American Revolution. The flyovers will begin in Boston and proceed to New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. From there they will join other Department of Defense and heritage aircraft in the Salute to America over our nation’s capital. In all, roughly 1,700 service members will support the celebrations.
The aircraft are scheduled to overfly each of the cities, beginning at approximately 4:00 pm, then fly on to the next city. U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps jets will fly over in five waves. The flyovers will be led by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, followed by B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15 and F-22 fighters and U.S. Marine Corps F-35 fighters.
BOSTON: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 4:00 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will overfly the U.S.S. Constitution and then proceed over Fenway Park before departing the city.
NEW YORK: The aircraft are scheduled to fly down the Hudson River at approximately 5:00 pm and pass just east of the Statue of Liberty.
PHILADELPHIA: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly the center of the city at approximately 5:15 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will fly over Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell and then proceed southwest out of the city.
BALTIMORE: The aircraft are scheduled to overfly Fort McHenry at approximately 5:30 pm approaching from the northeast at 1,000 feet above the ground. Multiple aircraft will overfly Fort McHenry before turning south out of the city.
The flyovers provide an opportunity for DOD to demonstrate the capabilities and professionalism of the United States Armed Forces. Flying hours are a sunk cost for the Department of Defense, and these aircraft and crews would be using these hours for proficiency and training at other locations if they were not conducting these flyovers.
DOD is proud to help celebrate the nation’s 244th birthday. We are grateful for our nation’s support as we defend our country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Photos below by: Dennis Symons from East Windsor looking towards Hightstown and Robbinsville
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Several accidents have occurred on the NJ Turnpike this evening at 9:52 pm at Exit 8 in Hightstown a tractor trailer overturned with injures at the north bound on ramp to the NJTP. Hightstown Fire Department and Hightstown First Aid Squad were at the scene. Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded but was not needed.
At 3:07 am the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to the NJ Turnpike at mile marker 59 for a single car accident with heavy front end damage. It appears one person was injured in this accident. The person was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.
Around 3:30 am in Cranbury at mile marker 70 Cranbury First Aid Squad responded to a motor vehicle accident with three injures. Patients from that accident were transported to Princeton Medical Center Plainsboro.
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)—New Jersey State Police report that a motor vehicle accident occurred Friday, June 26 at 10:52 pm on the southbound outer roadway at mile marker 69.
Preliminary reports by NJSP are that a Toyota Camry and Volvo tractor trailer were traveling southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile marker 69 when the Volvo struck the rear of the Toyota.
As a result of the collision the driver of the Volvo, Euclides R. Santos , 53 year old male of New York, NY suffered moderate injuries. Driver of the Toyota, Kazara P. Leacock, 24 year old female of Randallstown, MD suffered moderate injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Messiah Gray, 1 year old male juvenile of Randallstown, MD suffered fatal injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Hilkiah Leacock-Small, 3 year old juvenile male Randallstown, MD suffered serious injuries. Passenger of the Toyota, Cheryl Leacock, 61 year old female of Randallstown, MD suffered moderate injuries.
BREAKING NEWS REPORT: Information from radio traffic and what was observed on scene at a distance. Once official information is avaiable story will be updated and corrections made if needed.
June 26, 2020 date of accident 11 pm, published June 27, 2020 1:39 am. minor updates at 10 am. Still waiting for official news release from NJ State Police. Updated at 11:30 with some corrections see the new story link posted above for latest information about the accident.
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At 10:52 pm tonight a serious accident occurred on the NJ Turnpike in the area of the 69 mile marker south bound lanes. The accident appears to have occurred in a “Z-Cut” area marked “NO TURNS” that are used for emergency equipment. The area is approximately one mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown. A tractor trailer with Amazon Prime markings collided with a car in the area of the emergency access cut though.
The Hightstown Fire Company, Cranbury Fire Company, Robbinsville Township Fire Department EMS, Hightstown First Aid Squad, Mercer County Paramedics and others responded to the scene.
Two were heavily entrapped in the back seat of the car and firefighters with the assistance of a crane from George’s Garage lifted the front of the tractor trailer off the trapped occupants and free them.
A medical helicopter from Cooper University Healthcare “Cooper-2” flew one of the occupants that were heavily entrapped to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center Trauma Unit in New Brunswick. The center roadway was shut down for the accident and the helicopter landed on the highway nearby.
Two occupants from the front of the vehicle were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trama Unit in Trenton.
It is reported that one person from the back seat has died.
New Jersey State Police have shut down the inner roadway for the accident investigation. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner was en route to the scene at the time of this report.
The accident investigation on the Turnpike is active at this time and the inner roadway is expected to be shut down for hours.
We expect further details and an update later this afternoon from the NJSP Press Office
CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–At the daily COVID-19 briefing in Trenton, State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan said the trooper from this morning’s crash was thrown 30 feet by the impact of the crash; it is believed to have saved his life. Governor Phil Murphy said the axle of the truck broke and truck flipped over onto the troop car.
The NJ State Trooper will be OK according to Col. Callahan.
State Police Investigate Crash that Injured State Trooper and Two Others
The New Jersey State Police is investigating a three-vehicle crash that injured a state trooper and two others on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury Township, Middlesex County.
Earlier today, at approximately 6:59 a.m., a State Police Chevy Tahoe was stopped behind a Porsche Boxster on the right shoulder of the inner roadway southbound at milepost 70.7. The trooper was seated in the driver seat of the marked Troop Car with the overhead lights activated.
Preliminary information indicates that a Ford dump truck was traveling southbound on the outer roadway when it struck the left metal guardrail and continued onto the inner roadway. The Ford dump truck continued south, struck and overrode the Troop Car, overturned, and struck the Porsche.
The trooper, driver of the dump truck, and the driver of the Porsche all sustained moderate injuries and were transported to an area hospital. There were no other occupants in the three vehicles. The inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours.
The cause and circumstances of the crash remain under investigation, and there is no additional information available at this time.
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CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Around 7 am. it appears that a dump truck traveling south bound in the area of mile marker 70.7 hit a NJ State Police vehicle. Photos from the scene show the NJSP vehicle in a ball of metal and the dump truck overturned that was full of dirt.
Expect heavy delays on the NJ Turnpike until this accident is investigated and cleared. Delays south bound will be in the area of Exit 8A Cranbury between Station Road and Cranbury-Half Acre Road. Currently the traffic backup is 3 miles in length traveling south bound all the way to Exit 8A.
Traffic reroute is get off at Exit 8A to Route 130 South to the Route 33 Bypass back onto the NJ Turnpike.
NJ State Police has not released information about the accident yet and they are still on scene investigating at the time of this report.
Luckily there are no life threatening injures in the accident. More to follow.
Responding that we know of were Cranbury Fire Company, Hightstown Engine Company, Cranbury EMS, Robbinsville Fire Department EMS. Possibly others.
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CRANBURY, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–A multi-alarm fire left the beloved Cranbury Pizza heavily damaged. The stubborn fire started just after 7:30 pm and was not brought under control until 10:02 pm. The first arriving units reported heavy smoke from all floors visible. Numerous mutual aid fire departments responded.
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EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey State Police confirmed that 10 horses died in a horse transport truck accident with fire early this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck was a very large tractor trailer style horse transport.
One Facebook witness said they were passing the area at the time and saw flames 20 feet in the air coming from the wreckage.
The transport vehicle traveling north lost control and struck a concrete divider in the area of the bridge support for an emergency U-Turn on the highway then caught fire.
NJSP did not confirm that two persons were injured including one with inhalation burns to the lungs. The injured people were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick trauma center.
The accident and fire occurred around 3:00 am this morning on the New Jersey Turnpike “truck lanes” outer roadway near mile marker 68.6 north bound which is between Wycoff Mills Road and Brick Yard Road, approximately 1 mile north of Exit 8 Hightstown
Multiple fire departments and ambulance crews responded to the scene including units from Hightstown, East Windsor 1 & 2, Cranbury, Plainsboro and Monroe. Hightstown First Aid Squad transported 2 to RWJ, New Brunswick.
It was reported the horse transport was coming from Florida.
No further information is available at this time. NJSP would not give name of carrier or farm that horses belonged to.
One unconfirmed source stated that the horse trailer may have been en route from Ocala, Florida to Sarasota, NY carrying race horses for a race today and training at Saratoga Springs.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Local coverage area semifinalists:
Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy
Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School
Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School
Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School
New Jersey Full List: NJ – Rohan Amin, Denville – Delbarton School **NJ – Grace Elizabeth Brokenshire, Woodbury Heights – Gateway Regional High School **NJ – Alicia Caichen, Paramus – Bergen County Technical Hs NJ – Elizabeth Angelina Caso, High Bridge – North Hunterdon High School *NJ – Elli Choi, Tenafly – Tenafly High School NJ – Eunice Y. Chong, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School NJ – Shawnak Deb, New Providence – Union County Magnet High School NJ – Vineeth Duggirala, East Windsor – Mercer County Technical Schools – Health Science Academy *NJ – Laura Futamura, Middletown – High Technology High School *NJ – Felicia He, Saddle River – The Brearley School NJ – Kevin Huang, Bellmawr – Triton Regional High School NJ – Jonathan Koa, Mahwah – Mahwah High School **NJ – Dong Jun Lee, Fort Lee – Bergen County Technical High School NJ – YoungEun Lee, Demarest – Northern Valley Regional High School *NJ – Jeffrey Xiang Liao, Livingston – Livingston High School NJ – Jonathan Li Lin, Cranbury – Princeton High School NJ – Shreya Nuli, Bridgewater – Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School NJ – Ojas Parmar, Edison – Rutgers Preparatory School NJ – Jason Ping, Fort Lee – Academy for the Advancement of Science & Technology NJ – Katie Volpert, Highland Park – Highland Park High School **NJ – Alan Yeung, Sparta – Sparta High School NJ – Ethan Zhang, Short Hills – Millburn High School NJ – Kathryn Shao Zheng, Tenafly – Tenafly High School NJ – Lucy Zou, East Brunswick – East Brunswick High School