The van driver who allegedly lost mattresses on the New Jersey Turnpike last week, causing a crash that led to the death of a tanker truck driver, does not face criminal charges.
40-year-old Dalip Kumar, who drove for JSK Transport, was hauling 8,500 gallons of gasoline when traffic slowed suddenly for the mattresses in the road. An SUV cut off Kumar’s tanker. Kumar swerved to avoid hitting the SUV, sending his truck rolling over the guardrail. The truck exploded and Kumar was trapped inside and killed.
The 26-year-old van driver, Adam Abuhamoud from Linden, stayed at the scene of the crash. He was questioned by investigators, but there have been no charges filed against him.
A representative from JSK said that Kumar’s split second decision was heroic: “He definitely put his life at risk because he could have easily gone straight and veered into the other cars.It’s was definitely a very courageous act he did.”