East Windsor, New Jersey
A steel beam dangling from a crane swung into the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike yesterday morning, shearing off the top of a van and leaving the vehicle’s driver with facial lacerations, police said.
Workers were on the job at the construction site just south of Interchange 8 shortly before 8 a.m. when the accident occurred, according to New Jersey State Police.
“They were operating a crane. They were attempting to lift a steel beam,” trooper Chris Kay said. “The steel beam, it pivoted and swung into the right lane of travel.”
Newark resident James Crawford, 63 was driving north when the beam struck his Econoline van, Kay said. The force of the impact sheared off part of the roof and overturned the van, police said.
Crawford suffered lacerations to his face. He was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton for treatment. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Authorities did not say whether yesterday morning’s high winds were a factor in the collision.
“No enforcement action has been taken yet, though the investigation is still pending,” Kay said.
No other cars were involved in the crash. The Turnpike’s right and center northbound lanes were closed for between 90 minutes and two hours, and the Turnpike Authority estimated delays of up to 60 minutes, causing a backup seven miles long, Kay said.
Category: Accident Report
Tags: Struck by Load