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Man killed after crashing into tractor-trailer on Route 206 in Sussex County

ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – An Andover Township man was killed after he crashed into a tractor-trailer on Route 206 Friday afternoon.

The crash happened on Feb. 26, at around 2:22 p.m. in the area of ThorLabs on Route 206 in Andover Township, police said.

Officers located a small vehicle underneath the trailer of a tractor-trailer. In the vehicle, police located Richard Hamm, 62, deceased as a result of his injuries from the crash, police said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured, police said.

During the course of the police investigation, a UPS tractor-trailer was attempting to back into a loading dock area and was perpendicular with the roadway. Hamm’s 2008 Dodge Caliber was traveling northbound on Route 206 towards Newton when the vehicle drove directly into and underneath the trailer, police said.

Hamm’s vehicle was later extricated from the trailer and the victim removed from the vehicle with the assistance of the Andover Township Fire Department, police said.

The accident currently remains under investigation, police said.

Route 206 was closed in both directions and traffic was detoured for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated, police said.

The Andover Township Police Department was assisted by the Newton Police Department, Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, NJ State DOT, Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office.  Additional responding agencies were the Lakeland Emergency Squad, Andover Boro Fire Department and D&E Service.

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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