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Fatal crash under investigation in Sussex County

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – Authorities are investigating a fatal car crash which occurred on Route 23 in Franklin Borough Friday morning, according to police.

The crash happened on May 22, at around 6:07 a.m., on Route 23 near the Irish Cottage Inn, police said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed a box truck, driven by a 26-year-old man from Quarryville, Pa, was traveling north on Route 23 when a pickup truck, driven by a 70-year-old man from Hamburg, NJ, exited the Irish Cottage Inn parking lot and appeared to make a left onto Route south, police said.

The box truck subsequently struck the pickup truck, causing a right-angle collision. After the initial collision, the pickup truck struck several road signs as it left the roadway as a result of the impact, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the box truck was uninjured, police said.

The south bound lane of State Highway 23 was closed for several hours during the investigation with traffic diverted to Hardystonville Road.

No criminal complaints or summonses have been issued at this time as the crash is still under investigation, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to contact the Franklin Borough Police Detective Bureau at 973-827-7700, extension 237 or 231.

The New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit and The Sussex County Prosecutors Office are assisting in the investigating. Franklin Borough Fire Department, Hamburg Borough Fire Department, and Hamburg Borough Police Department and the Saint Clare’s Paramedics also assisted.

 

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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