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Cranbury police chief briefs officials about fatal car crash on Route 130

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Cranbury Police Department’s investigation of the fatal three-vehicle collision that occurred near the intersection of Route 130 north and South River Road in Cranbury is still ongoing.

Cranbury Township Chief of Police Michael Owens briefed the Township Committee this week on the department’s report of the fatal crash on Nov. 11, which resulted in the death of two people and injured four others.

An initial investigation had determined that the crash had occurred at 5:48 a.m. on Nov. 11.

“At this point it is still under a criminal investigation. We had two deceased at the crash scene and had two seriously injured and two minor injuries,” Owens said in his report on Nov. 23. “It is an intense investigation because there are a lot of moving parts involved with something like this. You have to get warrants for blood draws and parts such as that for a criminal investigation. Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office came out to assist with this.”

At the time, Cranbury police had two officers on the road who had been finishing up their 12-hour tour when they then got the call of multiple people fatal on the scene with multiple serious injuries, Owens said.

“At this point I do not believe they are blaming any roadway issues on the crash. I know that they had one driver, who was traveling southbound and traveled across a median for unknown reasons, who came head on with the two vehicles,” Owens said. “One of them sustained the worse impact that took two lives in that vehicle.”

Cranbury Township police were assisted by South Brunswick, Monroe Township and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT shut down northbound and southbound near the crash on highway because there downed wires.

Owens noted that Cranbury First Aid Squad and Fire Department also were on scene.

“The Cranbury Fire Department came out and did a tremendous job. They are skilled at what they do when it comes to extricating victims out of cars and using the jaws of life in cutting severely injured people out in a timely fashion in order to get those people to the hospital,” Owens said.

This story will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

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