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1 dead, 3 injured in 3-vehicle crash in Hunterdon County

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – One person died and three were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Hunterdon County on Monday afternoon, police said.

The crash happened at around 2:32 p.m. on Route 202 northbound near Dory Dilts Road in Raritan Township, police said.

An initial police investigation revealed that an open multiple-car carrier trailer, driven by Joseph Boettinger Jr., 56, of West Orange, was traveling northbound on Route 202. A Nissan Altima, driven by John Monahan, 77, of Three Bridges, and a Nissan commercial van were both traveling westbound on Dory Dilts Road, police said.

According to eyewitnesses’, it appears that the trailer failed to stop at the red light and struck both the Altima and the cargo van as they crossed through the intersection, police said.

Both occupants of the van appeared to be suffering from non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals. Their identities are being withheld until family notification, police said.

Boettinger Jr. was treated at the scene but did not appear to have suffered any life-threatening injuries, police said.

Monahan suffered extensive injuries and life saving measures were attempted at the scene, and were continued while he was transported to the Hunterdon Medical Center. Monahan succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

The Raritan Township Police Department and the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the cause of the crash.

The Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office, Readington Township Police Department, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

Jay Edwards

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