Mack Truck With Elevated Boom Slams Into Overpass on A.C. Expressway

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – A Mack truck driving southbound along the Atlantic City Expressway with an aerial boom attached drover under an overpass and didn’t have the proper clearance, according to the Hamilton Township Police Department.

The boom of the truck slammed into the face of the overpass as the vehicle attempted to travel underneath it.

The incident happened Friday night at 11:43 pm when the Hamilton Police Department responded to Route 50 southbound in the area of the Atlantic City Expressway for a motor vehicle crash. 

“Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Mack Truck, operated by Johnathan Norton (37) of Hammonton, was traveling southbound on Route 50 with the boom, or aerial lift, in the elevated position,” the department said. “As the vehicle approached the Atlantic City Expressway, the proper clearance was not established and the boom struck the face of the overpass, along with numerous elevated concrete supports.”

No injuries were reported at the scene and Norton was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Police said he was issued a summons for careless driving. Personnel from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, along with the South Jersey Transportation Authority, responded to the scene and inspected the supports of the overpass for structural integrity.

Route 50 was reduced to one southbound lane of for approximately four hours.