Category: Robbinsville

GoFundMe Set Up For 19-Year-Old Killed In Robbinsville Motorcycle Crash On I-195

Nearly 300 donors have contributed $18,000 to honor the memory of the victim, 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas of Perth Amboy, who was tragically killed when he was fatally struck by a truck while riding his motorcycle to the mosque.

Ali-Ahmed Shah, Mohammed’s friend, wrote in the GoFundMe, “Mohammad was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He graduated a few months ago from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, NJ. The positive energy and vibe he brought to the classroom with his magnetic personality is something his classmates will forever cherish.”

To view the GoFundMe, please visit: https://gf.me/v/c/vnkt/in-loving-memory-of-agha-mohammad-raza-abbas


The GoFundMe Reads:

In the early evening of Sunday, August 14, 2022, 19-year-old Mohammad Abbas was on his way to the mosque on his motorcycle, until he was involved in an accident and lost his life.

Mohammad was a loving son, brother, cousin, and friend to everyone who was lucky enough to know him. He graduated a few months ago from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin, NJ. The positive energy and vibe he brought to the classroom with his magnetic personality is something his classmates will forever cherish.

Mohammad was also an active member of his Muslim community. He would always assist with setting up and cleaning up at his local center. His presence at the center never went unnoticed, whether with his radiant smile during a happy occasion or being at the forefront of the Azadaari during sad ones. His final act was going from one majlis to another, genuinely exemplifying the dedication and love he had for serving the Ahlul Bayt (a.s).

A few friends from John F. Kennedy High School and the Astaana Youth Group have come together to start this initiative of setting up a fund in his name. The funds raised will be sent to a charity of the family’s choice.

We ask you to keep Mohammad and his loving family in your prayers. Any monetary donation you can make would be greatly appreciated. We are grateful for all the love and support.

Thank you.

Astaana Youth Group

Heather

Gianna

Michelle





Fully Involved Tractor-Trailer Fire On NJ Turnpike At Exit 7A In Robbinsville

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Firefighters from Robbinsville, Hightstown, and Allentown-Upper Freehold Hope Fire Company battled a well involved tractor-trailer fire on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning at mile post 61.5 south bound outer lanes at the Exit 7A off ramp. Robbinsville firefighters were dispatched at 9:26 a.m. and reported seeing a column of smoke after pulling out of the firehouse on Route 130. Mutual aid was requested from Allentown for a water Tanker (tender) and Hightown Fire Company. Firefighters had the flames knocked down quickly and remained on scene for overhaul.





On Tuesday there were multiple truck accidents with fire on the New Jersey Turnpike you can read that story here:


Multiple Fiery Truck Crashes Make NJ Turnpike Highway To Hell

August 16, 2022

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP (BURLINGTON) – HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (MERCER)–Two separate fiery truck crashes involving multiple trucks sent firefighters from Burlington, Mercer and Monmouth to the two scenes on the New Jersey Turnpike between Exit 7A and Exit 7 this morning. Firefighters were sent from Bordentown Township, Robbinsville Township, Hamilton Township, Allentown-Upper Freehold – Hope Fire Company, and Chesterfield-Crosswicks.

Sgt. Philip Curry from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News the first crash was at 9:48 a.m. a dump truck was involved in a crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the inner roadway at Mile Post 55.6 in Chesterfield.  As a result of the crash, the dump truck became fully engulfed.  The occupants of the truck were able to exit and did not report any injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The second crash occurred at 11:17 a.m. on the NJ Turnpike at Mile Post 59.3 on the southbound outer roadway in Hamilton Township.  Two tractor trailers and a box truck were involved in a crash causing one of the tractor trailers and the box truck to become fully engulfed.  The occupants of the trucks were able to exit and did not report any injuries.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Google Maps had delays of up to 5 miles going south bound south of Exit 7A.








Photos from the fiery Chesterfield crash on the NJ Turnpike:


Photos from the fiery truck crash on the NJ Turnpike in Hamilton Township:


19-Year-Old From Perth Amboy Killed In I-195 Motorcycle Crash In Robbinsville, NJ

New Jersey State Police Trooper Charles Marchan told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded on August 14, 2022 at 8:41 p.m. to a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 195 west, milepost 5.7, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation a Shannon B. Monsell, a 34-year-old female of Ringoes, N.J. was operating a Nissan Rogue on I-195 west In Robbinsville. Mohammad A. Abbas a 19-year-old male of Perth Amboy was operating a Kawasaki motorcycle on I-195 west. In the area of milepost 5.7 the Nissan struck the rear of the motorcycle. As a result of the crash Mohammad Abbas was ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene.

Last night’s MidJersey.News story here:



Serious Crash Investigation On I-195 In Robbinsville Township, NJ

Updated story here:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–New Jersey State Police is conducting a serious crash investigation near mile post 5.7 west bound on I-195. The Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS and Capital Health Paramedics were dispatched at 8:43 p.m. for a crash involving a car and a motorcycle. New Jersey State Police closed the right lane and shoulder for the accident investigation. No further details are available about the crash at this time.


It was only 10 days ago where a Pennsauken, NJ woman was killed at the same mile post on August 4, 2022. You can read about that MidJersey.News story here:




Robbinsville Police Department Employee Charged with Stealing More Than $250,000 in Township Property

Eric Coran, 41, of Medford, NJ a 21-year employee of the Robbinsville Township Police Department has been charged with stealing and selling property and equipment belonging to the police department for personal gain.

August 12, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office press release:

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Robbinsville Township Police Chief Michael Polaski announced today that a 21-year employee of the Robbinsville Township Police Department has been charged with stealing and selling property and equipment belonging to the police department for personal gain.

On Friday, August 12, 2022, a criminal complaint was signed charging Eric Coran, 41, of Medford, NJ, with second-degree official misconduct, multiple counts of theft, criminal computer activity and impersonation, and second-degree money laundering.  Coran has been employed by the Robbinsville Township Police Department as a communications officer since 2002.  His responsibilities included purchasing, ordering, programming, and maintaining police equipment including police radios, emergency lights, sirens and controllers.  Coran was terminated from his job on Friday after being suspended without pay since July 2022.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Public Corruption Unit and the Robbinsville Township Police Department.  The investigation revealed that between July 2021 and July 2022, Coran abused his position by fraudulently obtaining and altering purchase orders issued by the Township of Robbinsville to make unauthorized purchases for his own uses; making unauthorized purchases for his own uses utilizing the township’s Amazon account; and utilizing other means to steal Robbinsville property and funds.

Further, Coran sold various police radios, emergency lights, sirens and controllers over the internet using an alias and mailed them throughout the United States utilizing his Medford residence as a return address.  The approximate value of the stolen property is more than $250,000.  The investigation also revealed Coran utilized the credentials of both Chief Christopher Nitti and Chief Polaski without authorization to access and make alterations in a software program used by the Township of Robbinsville for budgeting and financial purposes to further and cover up his crimes.

“No one is above the law, especially public servants,” Prosecutor Onofri said.  “Individuals who abuse their positions and violate public trust should be prepared to face the consequences.”

“Eric was a long-time, trusted employee serving 21 years with the police department.  He was an important member of the team,” Chief Polaski said.  “We were both shocked and disappointed to learn that this had been going on.”

Coran’s criminal acts were uncovered in July when Motorola contacted the Robbinsville Township Police Department regarding service of one of the stolen radios.  The matter was brought to the attention of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and a joint investigation ensued.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook, chief of the Public Corruption Unit.  Second-degree crimes carry a penalty of five to 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine.  Third-degree crimes carry a penalty of three to five years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.  If convicted of the second-degree crime of money laundering, Coran faces a penalty of five–10 years in state prison, to run consecutive to the theft charges, and a $200,000 fine.  Additionally, he would be subject to a $500,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.  The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Coran pending trial.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Mayor Dave Fried Statement on Eric Coran

“Today’s arrest and the charges leveled against Robbinsville Township Police Department Communications and Dispatch Coordinator Eric Coran are an unfathomable breach of trust by a long-time employee. Immediate action was taken, and he is no longer employed by the Township.

We talk all the time about owning our mistakes, and Robbinsville Township today is staying true to that and walking the walk. Our Police Department uncovered this alleged scheme, and it has already taken several proactive steps, featuring multiple layers of increased accountability, to help ensure this never happens again. At the end of the day this was not only outstanding police work, but outstanding police work under the tremendous strain of having to investigate one of their own. We want to thank Angelo Onofri and his team at the MCPO for granting us the resources needed to get where we are today. That said, we sincerely apologize to our residents for not catching this sooner. We will be submitting a claim to our insurance carrier to get all $250,000 reimbursed.

As this is an ongoing investigation, Robbinsville Township and the Robbinsville Township Police Department will have no further comment.” — Mayor Dave Fried


Eric Coran was Robbinsville Township Police Department’s Dispatcher Of The Year 2018



OSHA Investigating Three Worker Deaths In NJ Related To Amazon Warehouses

US Attorney’s Office for Southern District of New York Conducts Investigation Into Amazon Warehouse Safety And Related Issues

August 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The U.S. Department of Labor, Regional Director of Public Affairs, Leni Fortson has confirmed that OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating three worker deaths at Amazon facilities in New Jersey. The Amazon facilities are located in Cateret, Robbinsville and Monroe Township, NJ.

  • A worker fatality on July 13 at an Amazon facility in Carteret, NJ
  • An accident on July 24 at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville, NJ . The worker died on July 27.
  • A worker fatality on August 4 at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township, NJ

OSHA has up to six months to complete each investigation. Since these are all open investigations, this is all the information available at this time.


Sam Stephenson, an Amazon Spokesperson told MidJersey.News “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues and offer our condolences to their family and friends. Each of these tragic incidents have affected our teams greatly, and we are providing resources for families and employees who need them. Our investigations are ongoing and we’re cooperating with OSHA, which is conducting its own reviews of the events, as it often does in these situations.”

On attributable background:

  1. As part of their normal operating procedures, OSHA often investigates deaths that occur in the workplace. We’re working with them as they conduct a review of these situations.
  2. Regarding our EWR9 facility in Carteret, NJ, our internal investigation has shown that this was not a work-related incident, and instead was related to a personal medical condition. OSHA is currently investigating the incident, and, based upon the evidence currently available to us, we fully expect that it will reach the same conclusion.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department reported they responded at 8:06 a.m., on Sunday July 24, 2022, to 18 Applegate Drive (Amazon Warehouse) for a fall victim.  The police report indicates that the worker fell from approximately three feet off a ladder striking his head.  The accident was reported in an open docking bay.  When police officers arrived, the worker was conscious and alert, but it was reported that CPR was conducted by workers on scene prior to police arrival.  The victim was subsequently transported to Capitol Health Regional Trauma Center by Robbinsville Ambulance and Paramedics.  Police notified OSHA of the incident on the same day.


United States Attorney’s Office for Southern District of NY Amazon Warehouse Investigation

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses, including injuries resulting from workplace hazards, worker rate requirements and the pace of work, and whether Amazon appropriately reported on-the-job injuries.  We would like to hear from current and former warehouse workers, supervisors, safety team members, AmCare staff, or anyone else with relevant information.   

Thank you for taking the time to report your information regarding workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses.  We understand that not all these questions are applicable to every person’s experience, so please provide as much information as you are comfortable sharing and at the end you will have the opportunity to provide any additional information you would like to share. 

If you have worked at Amazon and want to report safety and related issues at an Amazon warehouse you can access the form here: SDNY Amazon Warehouse Investigation



An accident on July 24 at an Amazon facility in Robbinsville, NJ . The worker died on July 27.


A worker fatality on August 4 at an Amazon facility in Monroe Township, NJ


Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. and Donald Norcross called on OSHA to investigate the abnormally high rate of serious injury at Amazon’s New Jersey warehouses. Following the death of a New Jersey warehouse worker during the Prime Day rush, we must have transparency and accountability.

U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) reiterated his call for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the safety of Amazon’s warehouses following reports of a death at one of the company’s warehouses in New Jersey. He also expressed surprise at the news that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating Amazon warehouses. They have called on current and former Amazon warehouse workers to fill out this form to aid the investigation.  

“Based on my experience in labor and workplace safety issues, it is exceptionally rare for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved in worker safety problems, something that traditionally falls under the jurisdiction of OSHA. I am very interested to see where this investigation leads,” said Congressman Norcross. “Given the number of calls my office has received from Amazon employees, it is critically important for OSHA to conduct a thorough analysis and investigation of Amazon’s facilities to ensure warehouse workers are safe.”

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, it is “investigating workplace safety and related issues at Amazon warehouses, including injuries resulting from workplace hazards, worker rate requirements and the pace of work, and whether Amazon appropriately reported on-the-job injuries.”

Congressman Norcross called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate the abnormally high rate of serious injuries at Amazon warehouses in April 2022.

Southern New Jersey Amazon warehouse workers who have experienced or witnessed unsafe work conditions in New Jersey Amazon warehouses can also contact OSHA’s Marlton Area Office at (856) 596-5200.




Fully Involved Dump Truck Fire On New Jersey Turnpike In East Windsor, NJ

August 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 3:19 p.m. Hightstown and Robbinsville Fire Departments were dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 65 in the south bound outer lanes for a fully involved dump truck on fire. Firefighters from Hightstown and Robbinsville extinguished the fire and called a water tanker from Cranbury Fire Company to the scene. New Jersey State Police shut down a lane of travel during the firefight. No further details are available at this time.




One Reported Injury On New Jersey Turnpike Crash In East Windsor

August 5, 2022

EAST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:16 a.m., Robbinsville and Hightstown Fire Departments were dispatched to mile post 65.3 south bound in the outer lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike for an overturned van with entrapment. RWJ EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and NJ State Police also responded to the scene. It was determined that several people riding in the van were able to get out on their own power and extrication was not needed. One person was transported with non-life-threatening injuries to a local hospital for treatment. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.




Pennsauken, NJ Woman Identified In Robbinsville Fatal Crash This Morning

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper II, Charles Marchan from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told Midjersey.news that Troopers responded at 4:59 a.m. to a motor vehicle crash on I-195 westbound near milepost 5.6, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation Barbara J. Johnson, a 32-year-old female of Pennsauken, N.J., was operating a Hyundai Sonata westbound on I-195 in the area of milepost 5.6 and ran off the road to the right and impacted several trees. As a result of the crash Barbara J. Johson sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics also responded to the scene.




Serious Crash Investigation On I-195 In Robbinsville, NJ

UPDATE:

August 4, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime around 5:00 a.m. the Hamilton Township Fire Department, RWJ Hamilton EMS, and Captial Paramedics responded to I-195 West Bound for a car off roadway into a tree. The accident was found a couple hundred yards in Robbinsville on the west bound side of the highway and firefighters worked to extricate the victim. Currently a Hamilton Township Fire engine is standing by at the scene with the New Jersey State Police for an accident investigation of the scene. Further details to follow as information becomes available from NJ State Police.






Tractor Trailer Driver Escapes Injury On NJ Turnpike In Robbinsville

August 2, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:45 p.m. August 1, 2022 the Robbinsville Fire Department and Bordentown Township Fire Department were dispatched to mile post 59 north bound just prior to Exit 7A for an overturned tractor trailer with reported entrapment. When firefighters arrived, it was determined that the driver was able to crawl out on their own power and refused medical treatment and transport to the local hospital. Firefighters remained on scene due to a fuel leak from the saddle tanks of the tractor trailer. New Jersey State Police is investigating. No further details are available at this time. Firefighters were still on scene at the time of this report.





Tow Truck Transporting Vehicles Burns On New Jersey Turnpike In Robbinsville

July 12, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 10:56 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire on the New Jersey Turnpike North Bound Outer Lanes at mile post 62.4 near the Sharon Road overpass. A column of heavy black smoke could be seen for miles. Upon arrival it was determined that two vehicles being towed were well involved in fire, and the fire was also extending to the tow truck itself. Robbinsville firefighters arrived and began to extinguish the fire, an extra engine from Robbinsville as well as Hightstown Fire Company arrived to assist in the firefighting operations and for extra water. A tanker was called from Hope Fire Company of Allentown but was not needed with the water supply on location. It did not appear to be any injuries and there was a small traffic delay in the area. New Jersey State Police was on scene. No other details are available at this time.




Robbinsville Fire Department Responds To Multi-Vehicle Crash On NJ Turnpike

June 27, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 2:23 p.m. the Robbinsville Fire Department and EMS was dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike outer lanes near mile post 63.4 for a multi-vehicle crash (Near Windsor Road overpass). New Jersey State Police and Gorge’s Garage arrived for the tow. Upon arrival of the fire department it was determined to be minor non-life-threating and it was unclear if anyone was transported to the hospital. Firefighters remained on scene for a short time. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.



U.S. Department Of Labor Cites Robbinsville, NJ, Frozen Food Manufacture After Investigation Into Fatal Fall From Scissor Lift

June 15, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into the fatal fall of a contractor at a Robbinsville frozen food manufacturer identified a wide range of potentially fatal workplace hazards at CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC, leading the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue the employer citations for 36 violations and propose $368,513 in penalties.

A contractor suffered fatal injuries in December 2021 when they fell 11 feet while using a scissor lift to replace a freezer drain. OSHA’s investigation found a damaged and inoperable snap hook on the lift’s safety chain and that the company did not inspect the lift before work began.

“CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC could have prevented this tragedy had it followed proper safety precautions,” said OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton, New Jersey. “The company must address and correct a substantial number of hazardous conditions identified during our inspection so that nobody else has to risk their life.”

OSHA also found the company exposed workers to:

  • Amputations and lacerations from unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery.
  • Explosion hazards from accumulations of combustible flour dust on equipment, floors and surfaces throughout the plant.
  • Confined space hazards when entering a wastewater pit to service a water meter.
  • Hexavalent chromium hazards during welding operations.
  • Chemical burns from caustic chemicals due to inaccessible decontamination showers and eyewash stations.
  • Being struck by forklifts operated by untrained employees.
  • Numerous electric shock hazards.

View the citations. OSHA has placed the company in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

CJ TMI manufactures frozen dumpling, wontons and noodles for the Twin Marquis and Chef One brands.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review CommissionVisit OSHA’s website for information on developing a workplace safety and health program. Employers can also contact the agency for information about OSHA’s compliance assistance resources and for free help on complying with OSHA standards.



CJ TMI Manufacturing America LLC. Located at 2 Applegate Drive in Robbinsville, NJ — MidJersey.News file photos


Serious Crash On I-195 East Bound In Robbinsville

June 14, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 1:00 a.m. a vehicle traveling east on I-195 at mile post 8 left the roadway and hit a tree injuring two occupants. Robbinsville Township Fire Department, Robbinsville EMS and Captial Health Paramedics responded to the scene. Two people were transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton for treatment. New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash. No further details are available at this time.



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No Serious Injuries Reported In Old York Road Crash

May 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE – UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — Around 9:44 p.m. 9-1-1 calls were received for a crash at the intersection of Old York Road and Herbert Road, NJ State Police and Robbinsville Police responded to the scene. It appeared that a vehicle proceeded though a stop sign on Herbert Road and crossed Old York Road and came to rest on an embankment on the opposite side of Old York Road.

Hope Fire Company of Allentown and Robbinsville Township Fire Department and EMS were detailed for reported injuries. Upon arrival of emergency services, it was determined that the injury was minor, and no transport was needed.

Firefighters stood by while a tow truck from Treat’s Garage, Mackey’s Towing removed the vehicle.

Robbinsville Township Police Department is investigating the accident.

No further details are available.


Firefighters Quickly Knock Down Fully Involved Welding-Repair Van Fire At Amazon Warehouse In Robbinsville

Firefighters kept flames from spreading to nearby trailers; a burn victim was treated and transported to hospital.

May 24, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 7:10 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls reporting a fully involved vehicle fire at the Amazon Warehouse on New Canton Way near Gordon Road. Responding police and firefighting units reported a large column of smoke coming from behind the warehouse in the truck parking area. Robbinsville Township Fire Department and Hope Fire Company of Allentown arrived on location and quickly knocked down the flames coming from a welding repair van. Firefighters kept flames from spreading to other trailers in close proximity to the fire. A small amount of firefighting foam was used to help snuff out stubborn spot fires during overhaul. Robbinsville EMS treated a burn victim believed to be the welder that was making repairs to a trailer. That person was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ. The Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal is investigating the fire. The fire was contained to the van and immediate area, there was no damage to the warehouse or nearby trailers. The parking lot was shut down during the firefight and returned to normal operation after the fire was extinguished.




10th Annual Senior Safety & Awareness Day Held At Robbinsville High School

May 23, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Senior Class at Robbinsville High School participated in the 10th Annual Senior Safety & Awareness Program on Friday, May 20, 2022.  Each year the program varies in speakers or morning event scenarios.  The event has been interrupted for the past two years due to the pandemic.  

Students listened to a young person’s road to recovery and had the opportunity to ask him questions about his downfalls and decisions to seek help. 

A video was made by faculty and staff who volunteered to share how a loved one’s addiction has impacted their own lives. 

The second part of the program involved various stations: personal defense training for all students, trauma resulting from poor judgment, hands-on lessons about drunk, high, and distracted driving, as well as fire safety and prevention.  Vehicle safety, including ride-sharing and hired transportation, was included also included in response to the past tragic loss of one of the high school’s graduates.  

This year’s Annual Senior Safety and Awareness program was funded with the generosity and grants from Police Benevolent Association, Robbinsville C.A.R.E. – Community Addiction Recovery Effort, and the Robbinsville U Got Brains Group.  Robbinsville Township, and Police and Fire Departments willingly donated personnel and materials and worked one on one with the students.  The program is organized by the Principal, School Resource Officer, Student Assistance Coordinator, Facilities Coordinator, and teacher volunteers. 

The program’s aim is to make a big impact on the students and the future decisions they will make as the Prom is here and college is just around the corner.


Above photos provided


Above photos from Robbinsville Township Fire Department Facebook page.



Robbinsville Firefighters Respond To NJ Turnpike Accident

May 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 9:13 a.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department, EMS and NJ State Police responded to the NJ Turnpike for an accident reported on the NJ Turnpike. Firefighters found a vehicle that hit the NJ Barrier in the area of Mile Post 64 North Bound of the inner roadway. The driver was suffering from non-life-threating injuries and was transported by Robbinsville EMS to a local hospital. Paramedics were called to meet the ambulance en route to the hospital. NJ State Police is investigating the crash.


Wilmington, Delaware, Man Dies in NJ Turnpike Tractor Trailer Crash in Robbinsville

May 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Trooper Brandi Slota from the New Jersey State Police, Public Information Unit told MidJersey.News that Troopers responded to a two vehicle crash on the NJ Turnpike southbound on the outer roadway in Robbinsville Twp, Mercer County at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Kenworth tractor was pulling an enclosed trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in the southbound outer Roadway and a Western Star tractor was pulling a flatbed trailer directly behind the Kenworth tractor.  

In the area of milepost 59.9, the front of the Western Star tractor struck the rear of the trailer being pulled by the Kenworth tractor. The Western Star tractor struck the right concrete traffic barrier and the left guardrail. During the crash, the sheetrock load from the Western Star’s trailer was spilled onto the right lane and right shoulder.  As a result of the crash, the driver of the Western Star, identified as Wilbert Normand, 50, of Wilmington, Delaware sustained fatal injuries.

Original MidJersey.News story here:



Construction Van Burns on NJ Turnpike Near Exit 7A in Robbinsville

May 10, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Just before 3:20 p.m. firefighters operating at a serious tractor trailer crash south of Exit 7A noticed a column of smoke in the air north of their location and called for mutual aid from Hamilton and Allentown-Upper Freehold to handle a construction van fire.

Firefighters from Hamilton Township arrived at mile post 60.6 and found a well involved construction van on fire that had a report of acetylene and oxygen tanks exploding inside prior to arrival. Firefighters used a 1 3/4 hose to knock bulk of the fire down and another line to extinguish the fire. Firefighters from Allentown-Upper Freehold arrived on scene and assisted.

The fire on the inner roadway plus the accident on the outer roadway and a couple of other reported incidents backed traffic up approximately 6 miles from an area south of Exit 7A to Old York Road in East Windsor.

No additional details are available at this time.




Related incident just south of this fire:


Serious Crash on NJ Turnpike South of Exit 7A

May 10, 2022

Update here:

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A serious tractor trailer crash occurred around 2:37 p.m. near mile post around 59.8 south bound in the outer roadway just south of Exit 7A. The driver of the truck suffered life threatening injuries at the time of the crash. Firefighters from Robbinsville, Hightstown and Bordentown responded to the scene to extricate the driver. EMS from Robbinsville and Capital Health Paramedics responded to the scene. The New Jersey State Police requested a medical helicopter to the scene that was later canceled. Radio reports indicated the driver passed away at the scene. The New Jersey State Police is investigating the crash.

Traffic was backed up for over six miles in the south bound direction while the accident was investigated and the truck and its contents were removed from the Turnpike.

As of 8:00 p.m. traffic is flowing normally on the NJ Turnpike.

Check back for further updates.










Overturned Truck on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville Causes Traffic Delays for Miles

April 27, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 12:42 p.m. the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the New Jersey Turnpike at mile post 63.7 North Bound (North of Exit 7A) Outer Roadway for an overturned delivery truck with reported injuries and extrication. Upon arrival of the fire department a truck was found across three lanes of travel and the two occupants of the truck were able to self-extricate and the occupants did not want transport to the hospital. Traffic was backed up for miles in the North Bound direction and vehicles had to use the inner shoulder to get by the accident scene. A NJ State Trooper was able to move the truck out of the roadway using a push bumper saving truck drivers and other motorists of even longer delays. The truck was moved the right lane by Troopers and Haines Towing Services of Bordentown was able to upright the truck and tow it away. It was reported that the delivery truck was full and carrying food items and drinks.






Go Fund Me Set Up for Residents Who Suffered Major Loss in Robbinsville Fire

April 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–A Go Fund Me has been set up for the Slezaks who suffered a major loss at a house fire on April 20, 2022 on Voelbel Road.

https://gofund.me/157f90b4

My name is Donna Brandt. I am setting up this Go Fund Me page for my Cousin John Slezak, his two sons and five dogs.

April 20, 2022, in New Jersey, Robbinsville Township Fire Department Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) to send additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Unfortunately, the home and all the contents were lost entirely. Luckily, the family was able to get out unharmed.

The home has minimal insurance, so it will not cover all losses. The family and dogs have now been displaced for approximately nine months.

John is a hard-working family man who has never missed a day of work to care for his family. But, regrettably, they are now finding themselves with just the clothes on their backs.

Please find it in your heart to donate to my Cousin’s family struggle.

ALL funds will go directly to the family for everyday expenses.

https://gofund.me/157f90b4



April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:21 p.m. last night April 20, 2022 the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was detailed to the 100 Block of Voelbel Road for a house fire. Robbinsville firefighters arrived about 11:25 p.m. and reported fire showing from the front of the building, and stretched a hand line to the front of the building. Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) sending additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Within 10 minutes of arrival firefighters had the fire quickly knocked down and under control. The fire was reported electrical in nature. No additional information is available at this time.


15-Year-Old Charged with April 12 Fire on Route 33 in Robbinsville

April 26, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Police say that a 15-year-old Robbinsville resident was charged with one count of Arson and one count of Burglary in regards to the Route 33 fire on April 12, 2022. Police said they are unable to release any further information, due to the fact that the accused is a juvenile.

On April 12, 2022, around 6:53 p.m. the Robbinsville Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire in the 2300 block of Route 33. A Robbinsville police officer also reported seeing a column of smoke in the air and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched. Mutual aid fire departments were also called to the scene from Hamilton, and others.

Upon arrival of the first fire apparatus, fire crews reported a well involved abandoned building on fire and used a deck gun to start knocking down the fire. Hamilton Township fire department arrived and assisted pulling two hand lines and helped set up a water supply.

Fire crews had the bulk of the fire knocked down within minutes but remained on scene for extensive overhaul and also for the fire investigation. Hope Fire Company of Allentown responded initially to the scene but was diverted to cover any additional calls. Other mutual aid departments not on scene were recalled en route.

Robbinsville Township Police closed Route 33 in both directions until the fire was brought under control and apparatus and fire hoses could be removed from the highway.

Arson investigators were called from the Mercer County Prosecutors Office, detectives from the Robbinsville Township Police Department, and the Robbinsville Township Fire Marshal’s Office was also on scene for the investigation. The fire was in an old, abandoned 20×30 feet garage that was in a wooded area. PSE&G was called to the scene but did not find any electricity or gas to the building.



File photos and video from the April 12, 2022, fire in Robbinsville by: Dennis Symons, Lea Keegan Harrison, Marcello Dellegrotti, and others.




House Fire in Robbinsville Quickly Extinguished

April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–At 11:21 p.m. last night April 20, 2022 the Robbinsville Township Fire Department was detailed to the 100 Block of Voelbel Road for a house fire. Robbinsville firefighters arrived about 11:25 p.m. and reported fire showing from the front of the building, and stretched a hand line to the front of the building. Fire crews called for an “All Hands” (full 1st alarm) sending additional mutual aid to the scene from surrounding departments. Within 10 minutes of arrival firefighters had the fire quickly knocked down and under control. The fire was reported electrical in nature. No additional information is available at this time.



Photos from RTFD Facebook



Fatal Crash on NJ Turnpike in Robbinsville Involving a Tractor Trailer; Delays Up To 6 Miles

Update from NJ State Police:

Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash at 3:43 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike north on the outer roadway, mile post 63.4, Robbinsville, Mercer County.

Based on a preliminary investigation, Franklin S. Parker, a 36 year-old male of Eden, MD, was operating a tractor trailer northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in the area of mile post. 63.4, the tractor trailer entered the left shoulder and struck the left guardrail, overturned, and impacted a concrete bridge support. As a result of the crash Franklin S. Parker sustained fatal injuries. The crash remains under investigation and there is no additional information available at the moment.

April 21, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–Around 3:47 a.m. multiple 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a serious crash involving a tractor trailer on the NJ Turnpike at mile post 63.5 north bound (North of Exit 7A — Between Exit 7A and Exit 8). Hightstown and Robbinsville Fire Departments were sent to the scene for an extrication. Robbinsville EMS, East Windsor EMS, and Captial Health Paramedics were also on scene. Medivac 2 from Hackensack University Medical Center flew to the scene and cleared at 5:28 a.m. A victim was pronounced at the scene about the same time. The NJ Turnpike was closed for the investigation and clean up but some lanes have since reopened.

This is a breaking news report from the scene and radio reports, once official information becomes available the story will be updated with information from NJSP.






Multi Vehicle Accident in Robbinsville on NJ Turnpike

April 15, 2022

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–The Robbinsville Township Fire Department was dispatched to the NJ Turnpike in the area of mile post 63.9 North bound at 4:56 p.m. Upon arrival it was determined that there were several injuries from a multi vehicle accident and another ambulance was needed and responded from Bordentown Township. Several were transported to local area hospitals with BLS type injuries. No further information is available about the crash.



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