Driver who crashed into Wendy’s on Route 1 may have suffered medical episode; patrons inside not injured


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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A crash on Route 130 sent two vehicles crashing into a Wendy’s restaurant, leaving two people injured.

At 1 p.m. on Aug. 16, a 2008 Toyota Corolla was headed southbound on Route 130 near Melrich Road when it left the roadway, drove across the grass of a business, struck a berm on the property of the Wendy’s restaurant at 2533 Route 130, and became airborne, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.

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The vehicle was launched through the parking lot and struck a 2017 Audi that was waiting in the drive thru. Both vehicles were pushed into the building and outside tables.

A family dinning outside narrowly missed being struck, according to the statement. The force of the impact shattered the restaurant windows and sent glass throughout the interior.

Despite being crowded with customers and staff none of the people inside the Wendy’s were injured, according to the statement.

The Monmouth Junction Fire Department arrived and had to stabilize the Toyota before extricating the driver of the Toyota, police said.

South Brunswick EMS transported the driver to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in stable condition.

A juvenile in the Audi also complained of pain and was taken by family members to an area hospital, according to reports.

“This is nothing short of a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed in this crash. To think it was the middle of the day, people were eating both inside and outside and none of them were injured. The building was damaged to the point it can’t be used but everyone eating was able to walk away,” South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in the statement.


The South Brunswick Building Department ruled the structure needed to be closed pending a detailed examination.

The South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating the crash. Preliminary indications are the driver of the Toyota may have suffered a medical episode prior to the crash, according to the statement.

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