Flying piece of metal impales N.J. driver in neck

(Courtesy Holland Township Police Department)

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Hunterdon County man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after a piece of metal flew into the truck he was driving and struck him in the neck.

Kyle Lauck, 23, of Holland Township, was traveling through a construction zone at 9:11 a.m. on Route 519 when a telephone pole clamp went through the rear passenger side window, through a metal cage, and struck him in the neck. The work van was past the work site when the incident occurred.

Lauck went unconscious and his passenger, who was uninjured, immediately applied pressure to the wound while steering the car onto the shoulder.

Workers are in the process of widening the roadway on Route 519 in this area and are currently removing trees with equipment.

Holland Township Police Chief Harris believes that “the telephone clamp that was projectile was either sitting in the brush or buried in the ground.” All traffic is stopped when the tree machine is cutting down the machine, however,

traffic can pass by the site when the machine is sitting idle. When the machine is sitting idle the saw is still spinning. This is when it is believed the clamp was picked up by the saw and sent towards the work van.

Lauck was transported by helicopter to ST. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he is listed in stable condition.

The incident remains under investigation; further details will be released when they become available. If anyone has any information regarding the investigation, please contact the Holland Township Police Department at (908) 995-4670; or the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office at
(908) 788-1129.

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By: Anthony Preziosi Like on Facebook