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Driver airlifted after head-on crash in Sussex County

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man was airlifted to the hospital after a head-on crash Thursday in Andover Township, police said.

The crash happened at around 3:50 p.m. on Route 206 near the intersection of Brighton Road, police said.

According to police, Christopher A Morales, 42, of Newton, was traveling southbound on Route 206 when the 2008 Jeep Patriot he was operating veered off into the northbound lane of travel striking a 2013 Peterbilt tractor-trailer which had been traveling northbound, police said.

Morales was treated at the scene by Lakeland EMS and St. Clare’s ALS for head and leg injuries and was then airlifted to Morristown Medical Center, police said.

The driver of the Peterbilt was not injured during the crash. The Peterbilt sustained heavy front-end damage and was leaking diesel fuel from one of the saddle tanks along with other fluids which were contained by members of the Andover Township Fire Department and Andover Borough Fire Department, police said.

Traffic was diverted for approximately 4 hours due to the crash. The incident remains under investigation with charges pending, police said.

The Sussex County Sheriff’s Department and Sussex County Haz-Mat assisted at the scene.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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