Driver Crashes into Fire Truck at Accident Scene in Atlantic County, NJ
For the second time this month, a driver plowed into an emergency vehicle on the Black Horse Pike in Atlantic County.
The Collings Lakes Fire Department says their members were working an accident scene near Cains Mill Road that brought down a utility pole and wires Thursday afternoon.
While blocking eastbound traffic, "Squad 12-31 was struck at high speed by a vehicle."
Officials say no one was injured in the accident, but their firetruck "has extensive damage and will be out of service indefinitely."
We would like to take this opportunity to strongly advise motorists, when approaching emergency scenes, to slow down and move over to keep emergency personnel safe. This is the second incident of a first responder vehicle strike in the last month on the Black Horse Pike. Both could have very easily turned out much worse.
Another crash just days earlier
Earlier this month, three people, including two New Jersey State Troopers, were injured on the Black Horse Pike in Hamilton Township.
In that incident, the troopers had a vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road when an SUV plowed into the troopers.
The troopers were taken to a hospital for treatment and have since been released. The driver of the SUV, who was trapped for over an hour, was airlifted to a hospital; her condition was not updated.
That accident was caught on camera at a nearby business and made available to KYW-TV.
NJ law: slow down, move over
According to the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General,
Drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, tow trucks, garbage trucks and other highway safety vehicles displaying red, blue and/or amber flashing lights must now move over one lane or, if not safe to move over, then slow down below the posted speed limit.