3 NJ state police vehicles, ambulance struck by tow truck while assisting in another crash on I-80 in Warren County
ALLAMUCHY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A tow truck crashed into three New Jersey state police vehicles and an ambulance that was already on scene for another car accident on Interstate 80 in Warren County Thursday night, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Sergeant Philip Curry.
The crash occurred at 11:16 p.m. on Interstate 80 eastbound at milepost 17.6 in Allamuchy Township, Curry said.
A Preliminary police investigation revealed that troopers were on scene investigating a prior motor vehicle crash which caused the left and center lanes of Interstate 80 eastbound to be closed, Curry said
The lanes were closed by positioning marked NJ state police vehicles with emergency lights activated in the lanes and utilizing road flares, Curry said.
A Western Star heavy-duty tow truck towing a box truck failed to observe the closed lanes ahead and entered the crash scene. The tow truck struck three marked New Jersey state police vehicles and an Allamuchy-Green First Aid Squad ambulance, Curry said.
The troopers on scene were outside of their vehicles at the time of the crash and were not injured. An EMT who was inside the ambulance suffered a minor injury, Curry said.
The driver of the tow truck was not injured, Curry said.
The crash remains under investigation, Curry said.