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Driver may have suffered medical emergency before multi-vehicle crash in Hunterdon County, police say

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A man who was unconscious and trapped in a vehicle following a crash Tuesday morning in Hunterdon County may have suffered a medical emergency beforehand, police say.

The multi-vehicle crash happened at around 8:42 a.m. in the area of 356 Route 31, according to Raritan Township Police Lieutenant Scott Nelson.

A police investigation revealed that a Honda Odyssey, driven by a 62-year-old Flemington man, was traveling southbound on Route 31, Nelson said.

Witnesses told police that the Odyssey was observed swerving into the opposite lane of travel multiple times and then eventually swerved into the northbound lane, collided into two other vehicles before hitting a tractor-trailer and coming to a stop, Nelson said.

When officers arrived on scene, they observed that the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officers along with the assistance of an off-duty Clinton Township Police Officer, removed the driver from the vehicle, placed him on the ground, and began CPR, Nelson said.

Flemington Raritan Rescue Squad arrived on scene and was able to resuscitate the man. He was then transported to Hunterdon Medical Center for further treatment, Nelson said.

It appeared that the he may have suffered a medical emergency prior to the collisions, Nelson said.

There were no injuries to any of the occupants of the other vehicles, Nelson said.

Flemington Raritan Rescue Squad, the Readington Township Police Department, Quakertown Rescue Squad, Lambertville Rescue Squad, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation 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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