3 injured in multi-vehicle crash involving dump truck on Route 31 in Hunterdon County
RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Three people were injured after a multi-vehicle crash involving a dump truck on Route 31 in Hunterdon County Tuesday morning, according to Raritan Township Police Department Lieutenant Scott Nelson.
The crash happened at around 9:20 a.m. on Route 31 near mile marker 25 in Raritan Township, Nelson said.
According to witnesses and involved individuals, an unknown vehicle was stopped on Route 31 northbound attempting to make a turn into 349 Route 31. Due to the grading of the roadway, which caused visibility issues, multiple vehicles had trouble stopping in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle, Nelson said.
A dump truck hauling sand approached the area and was unable to stop in time. The dump truck then struck 3 vehicles, one of them traveling Route 31 southbound, before losing control and flipping onto its side, Nelson said.
Three of the five occupants suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Hunterdon Medical Center, Nelson said.
NJ State Department of Transportation assisted with cleaning up the sand that spilled onto the southbound lane of Route 31. All four vehicles were disabled as a result of the crash and were towed from the scene, Nelson said.
The Raritan Township Fire Department, Hunterdon County Sheriff’s Office, Readington Township Police Department, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.