New Jersey Trooper injured helping accident victim

8 05 2008

State police say a trooper severed an artery helping a man get out of his truck after an accident off Route 80 in Allamuchy Township.

Sgt. Stephen Jones says Trooper Cesar Garces pulled into a rest area after a pick-up slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer around 2 a.m. today.

Jones says Garces used a flashlight to break the window of the pick-up truck so the driver could get out. The trooper sliced his wrist, severing the artery.

Garces and the driver, Paul Villano, were airlifted to Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Garces underwent surgery and was released. Villano, whose condition isn’t known, is charged with driving while intoxicated. NJ.COM

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