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POLICE: Truck driver ran red light, causing eight vehicle chain reaction crash


Authorities say that ten people were injured yesterday when a semi truck crashed into numerous vehicles waiting at a traffic light during the evening rush hour in Edison, New Jersey.

The incident happened around 5:20 p.m. on southbound Route 1 as several vehicles were waiting at a traffic light.

Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan says that “The preliminary investigation determined that the driver of a 2016 Volvo tractor trailer failed to stop for a red light and struck multiple vehicles from behind.

ABC7NY reports that eight vehicles were involved in the chain reaction crash. Austin Brooks, who was inside a vehicle involved in the crash said, “We were all stopped at the red light, and this tractor-trailer just didn’t stop. It was just a domino effect of cars, you know, spinning around, and next thing I know, I get hit really hard from behind, and then we spin out, and next thing I realize I’m facing first in the median.”

One person suffered critical injuries in the crash. Nine others — including the truck driver — suffered minor injuries.

Early reports indicated that a person had died in the crash, but these reports were corrected to indicate that a single person suffered critical injuries.

The truck driver was questioned in the hospital. It isn’t clear whether charges will be filed.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Police are asking any witnesses to the crash to call Lt. Dominick Masi of the Edison Police Department at 732-248-7400.


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