Police investigating serious crash in Warren Township

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Warren Township, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced an investigation into the circumstances involving two men struck by a motor vehicle on Mount Horeb Road, Warren Township, New Jersey.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Monday, December 20, 2021 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Warren Township Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a motor vehicle crash involving pedestrians on Mount Horeb Road between Geiger Lane and Tiffany Court, Warren Township, New Jersey. Responding Warren Township Officers encountered two Somerset County Department of Public Works (DPW) employees with injuries sustained from the incident along with the driver of the motor vehicle. Officers immediately rendered emergency aid to all parties. One of the injured workers, a 30 year old male, South Bound Brook resident (Somerset County DPW employee) sustained significant life threatening injuries, Officers along with responding Emergency Medical Personnel from Atlantic EMS 10 and EMS 17, and Robert Wood Johnson MICU/ALS performed life saving measures at the scene to stabilize the victim for emergency transport. The 30 year old male was subsequently medevac’d by the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit to an area trauma center where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in stable condition.

The second victim, a 43 year old male, Raritan Borough resident (Somerset County DPW employee) was also treated at the scene and transported via ambulance to an area trauma center where he was treated and released. The driver of the vehicle, an 80 year old male, Warren Township Resident, was treated at the scene and transported to an area trauma center for treatment where he remains.

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Prosecutor Robertson stated that the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team (CART) along with Warren Township Police Detectives responded to conduct the investigation. The preliminary investigation has revealed that members of the Somerset County DPW work crew were on the east bound side of the road conducting repairs to the roadway surface when an eastbound 2016 Chrysler being operated by the 80 year old Warren Township male crashed into a piece of equipment in the roadway and then into the trailer attached to the county truck which was stopped. The two injured workers, the 43 year old male was standing on the trailer and knocked around at the time of impact, and the second worker (30 year old male) was standing on the roadway behind the trailer and pinned between the Chrysler and the trailer. The incident remains under investigation.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Keane request anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or the Warren Township Police Department at (908) 753-1000 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.