RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – No injuries were reported after a driver crashed a car into a Raritan Township an unoccupied apartment Sunday evening, the Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad said in a Facebook post.
On April 4, at 7:35 p.m., the Flemington – Raritan Rescue Squad and Raritan Township Fire Company were dispatched to 7 Amwell Road in the Reaville section of Raritan Township for a report of a vehicle crashed into a building, authorities said.
Once on scene, first responders requested the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force due to structural damage and two people inside the vehicle were denying injury but were trapped inside the building. No other victims were located, authorities said.
“Apparently, the vehicle came out of Manners Road and continued down the driveway of 7 Amwell Road at a high rate of speed. The vehicle struck the corner of a large shed, bouncing off of that and then slamming into the side of a small apartment at the rear of the property,” authorities said.
The apartment was undergoing renovation and was unoccupied at the time of the crash. The vehicle came to rest completely inside the structure, causing significant damage to the building, authorities said.
The two people from inside the vehicle were assisted out of the structure, authorities said.
First responders then decided to shore up a portion of the structure to allow the safe removal of the vehicle and also to prevent further structural damage since a bearing wall was involved. There were no fluid leaks from the vehicle, authorities said.
Crews built a three post wood shore using the Squad’s “vertical shore pre-pack”, initially using Paratech struts to carry the load of the damaged bearing wall. The struts were then replaced with wood posts. A second two post wood shore was constructed in the limited space on the other side of the vehicle. Debris was then removed from the area to allow the car to be winched out of the building, authorities said.
The Raritan Township Building Official arrived on the scene and confirmed that the building shoring was sufficient, authorities said.
ADR Towing positioned to winch out the car, which was completed without incident, authorities said.
The crash remains investigated by the Raritan Township Police Department.