Troopers, First Responders Struck By Police Cruisers On I-80 Due To Ice At Accident scene.

18 12 2008

Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger A New Jersey State Police car hit by a tractor trailer truck is removed for the scene in Hope Township.A chain-reaction accident involving six vehicles on an icy stretch of Route 80 eastbound near Exit 12 in Hope Township sent 11 people, including four State Troopers, to the hospital with injuries and shut the highway for several hours this morning.

None of the injuries were considered life-threatening and all lanes were reopened by noon, said Sgt. Stephen Jones, a State Police spokesman. Cleanup of the crash continued this afternoon on the shoulder due a spill of about 300 gallons on diesel fuel a tractor trailer, Jones said.Robert Sciarrino/The Star-LedgerA New Jersey State Police car hit by a tractor trailer truck is removed for the scene in Hope Township.
Two State Police cruisers and a Hope Township fire truck were stopped on the side of Route 80 eastbound responding to a one-car accident involving a driver who skidded off the road from black ice, Jones said. As they were tending to the injured driver, Floyd Berger Jr. of Mt. Bethel, Pa., another car lost control on the ice, Jones said.

A pickup truck being driven by Olando Ramos, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., slid out of control and hit a tractor trailer being driven by Francis Goodrich, of West Virginia, Jones said. The tractor trailer jack-knifed and slammed into the parked emergency vehicles on the side of the road, Jones said.

The chain-reaction accident sent the two police cruisers into the crowd of four State Troopers, three firefighters and three EMTs who had responded to the initial accident, Jones said. Several of the emergency responders were struck, Jones said. Berger, the driver who originally skidded off the road, sustained additional injuries in the second crash, Jones said.

“Fortunately, none of the injuries seems serious,” said Jones. “All vehicles involved received moderate to significant damage and were towed. The troopers’ vehicles were totaled.”

All 11 people injured were taken to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. The four State Police troopers injured were Richard Mandragon, Louis Crisafulli, Tara Cumbo and James Hamill, all of the Hope Township barracks, Jones said. The names of the injured emergency responders were not immediately available, Jones said.




2 responses

1 01 2009
Police Chaplain Steve Best

Care for First Responders

In every case of tragedy caused by accident or crime, the public always focuses its attention on the victims and their families. And, that is it the way it should be when death or serious injury occurs. This is certainly true in the injury or death of a child.

There is, however, another group that also feels the pain. First responders are the ones who work injury and death scenes in the most difficult of circumstances. They must protect boundaries of personal emotion to professionally manage a tragedy. But when the day is over, and these public servants return to their homes and to their families, the realities of a critical incident become a potential source of personal heartache.

Let us all be conscious of the feelings of our first responders and lift them up on prayer. Ref: Stories of the Street: Images of the Human Condition.
Volunteer Police Chaplain Steve Best

3 02 2010

Who ever wrote this article does not know how to write.

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