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Hackettstown woman dies after tree falls on her UPS truck in Sussex County

VERNON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A UPS driver died after a tree fell on her delivery truck in Vernon Township Saturday afternoon, according to police.

The crash happened on July 3, at 12:20 p.m. on Sleepy Hollow Road, police said.

The investigation on scene revealed that a large tree had uprooted and fallen onto the roadway striking a passing UPS delivery truck. The driver, a 49-year-old Hackettstown woman, was trapped in the driver compartment of the vehicle, police said.

Rescue crews worked to free her, along with the assistance of a local tree service company and contractor who were nearby, police said.

She was extricated from the UPS truck and then airlifted to Morristown Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries, police said.

The Vernon Township Police Department, Pochuck Fire Department, McAfee Fire Department, Vernon Township Fire Department, Highland Lakes Fire Department, Vernon Township Ambulance Squad, Glenwood Pochuck Ambulance Squad, and St. Claire’s Paramedics assisted at the scene.

According to a GoFundMe page created Sunday by Angelina Briganti, “On July 3rd a horrible accident took the life of Matty Auer. Matty Auer was a mother of 3 beautiful children, Christopher, Michael and Emily. The children loved their mother very much and this horrible tragedy has left them devastated and heartbroken. To lose their mother at such young ages they are left with the heavy burden of dealing with these unexpected expenses. We are setting up a GoFundMe for the children to help them pay for medical and funeral expenses. They need us all now. Thank you all.”

The GoFundMe has set a goal of $25,000 and If you would like to donate to help out the children, click here.

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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