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2 in critical condition after single-vehicle crash in Sussex county

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – Two people are in critical condition after a single-vehicle crash in Franklin Borough Sunday night.

The crash happened at around 7:10 p.m. on Corkhill Road, police said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that vehicle, which was occupied by the driver and a juvenile front seat passenger, was travelling south on Corkhill Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crossed over the center line of the roadway, police said.

The vehicle then ran off the roadway to the left which began a multi-faceted impact just as it crested the steep downward grade near the Ogdensburg border, police said.

As the vehicle left the roadway, it struck a traffic sign and an embankment. The vehicle then overturned striking a concrete wall and continued to overturn, striking heavy brush, and finally struck a block retaining wall and vinyl fence surrounding pool equipment in a nearby residence, police said.

The juvenile was ejected from the vehicle as the vehicle continued to overturn and approached the heavy brush, police said.

Both the driver and the juvenile sustained very serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to Morristown Medical Center, police said.

They’re listed in critical condition, police said. Their names were not released.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and no criminal complaints or summonses have been issued at this time, police said.

Corkhill Road was closed for several hours during the initial investigation, police said.

The New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, The Sussex County Prosecutors Office, Wallkill Valley First Aid Squad, Saint Clare’s Paramedics, and the Franklin Fire Department assisted during the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact the Franklin Borough Police Detective Bureau at 973-827-7700 extension 237 or 231.

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