BLOOMSBURY BOROUGH, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Two children were among the seven people who were injured following a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County Monday afternoon, according New Jersey State Police spokesperson Trooper Charles Marchan.
The crash happened at around 4:25 p.m. on Interstate 78 eastbound at milepost 7.2 in Bloomsbury Borough, Marchan said.
A preliminary police investigation revealed that a 2007 Freightliner, driven by Paul J. Mayville, 59, of Miden City, MI, was pulling a utility trailer and traveling east on I-78 in the center lane. A Toyota Camry, driven by Joseph F. Levy, 31, of New York, NY, was traveling behind the Freightliner, a Mazda CX-5, driven by Abbie G Stross, 35, of Mount Laurel, NJ, was traveling behind the Camry, Marchan said.
A Kia Sorrento, driven by Drew E. Hawkins, 25, of Washington, DC was traveling traveling in the left lane alongside of the 2007 Freightliner and a 2015 Freightliner box truck, driven by Felix L. Mora-Sanchez, 43, of Elizabeth, NJ, was traveling in the right lane alongside the 2007 Freightliner, Marchan said.
A 2019 Kentworth, driven by Michael L. Ansley, 50, of Athens, GA, was pulling a utility trailer and struck the rear of the Mazda. The Mazda then traveled off the roadway to the left and a struck the guardrail. A wheel from the Mazda became detached and struck the Kia, Marchan said.
The Kentworth continued traveling and struck the rear of the Toyota, which struck the rear of the 2007 Freightliner, Marchan said.
The Kentworth then entered the right lane and struck the Freightliner box truck. As a result of the crash, the Freightliner box truck struck the front of the 2007 Freightliner before traveling off of the roadway and striking the guardrail, Marchan said.
Ansley suffered moderate injuries, Stross suffered serious injuries, two passengers in Stross’s vehicle, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old boy both from Mount Laurel, suffered moderate injuries, Marchan said.
Mayville, Levy, and Mora-Sanchez suffered minor injuries. Hawkins was not injured, Marchan said.
The crash remains under investigation, Marchan said.