SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A 22-year-old driver is in critical condition after being extricated from his vehicle following a crash.
South Brunswick police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash on Route 522 at Ridge Road/East Gate Drive around 6:35 a.m. Sept. 1.
The driver of a 2014 Ford pickup truck headed east on Route 522 reportedly failed to stop for a red traffic signal and impacted a 2017 Toyota Corolla which was crossing over the intersection from East Gate Drive to Ridge Road, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.
The impact of the crash pushed the Toyota into a guardrail and trapped the driver.
The Monmouth Junction Fire Department extricated the 22-year-old. South Brunswick EMS and paramedics transported the driver to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick where he is in critical condition, as of press time.
The young man is a Middlesex County resident; his identity is being withheld pending all family notification.
The driver of the Ford, an 18-year-old Sussex County man, was uninjured in the crash.
“It only takes a second to lose attention and tragedy can happen. I ask everyone to keep this 22-year-old young man and his family your prayers,” South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in the statement.
The roadway was down to one lane for two hours as traffic investigators worked at the scene.
South Brunswick Police Traffic Safety Officer William Beard is the lead investigator in the crash. Anyone with information can call 732-329-4000, ext. 7432.