According to police officials, an accident that occurred between a car and semi in South Brunswick was caused by a 33-year-old man that texting while driving.
The East Windsor man, who was driving a 2007 Jetta at the time of the accident, crossed over the double yellow painted lines on Ridge Road at Nicholas Court near the New Jersey Turnpike in Middlesex County at 1:13 p.m. in the afternoon. The driver was heading westbound went he struck a tractor trailer almost head on, causing a collision with the semi.
The truck, a 2008 Freightliner, was driven by a 68-year-old man from East Stroudsburg, Pa. The impact from the accident caused the fuel tanks to rupture and spill as much as 70 gallons of diesel fuel all along the roadway. The impact of the collision also caused the engine of the Jetta vehicle to be ripped away and thrown 20 feet from the site of the accident, according to the police report.
Witnesses that saw the Jetta driving moments before the accident said the man was texting and swerving before he hit the tractor trailer. The police ticketed the man for careless driving, as well as failure to maintain a lane, crossing the double yellow line and using a cell phone while driving. The driver of the semi was not charged with any violations.
Ridge Road was closed for a time as crews worked to clean up the fuel spill before any hazards occurred to other drivers.
Reports indicated that one person involved in the accident suffered an injury. It was not considered to be life-threatening. There were no reports of either driver being taken to the hospital for medical attention.
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