Drunk New Jersey driver causes dangerous domino effect

The amount of damage a drunk driver can do to a person or vehicle is unpredictable. No matter what vehicle they drive, they pose a major threat to the thousands of New Jersey citizens sharing the highways with them. If there is a crash in the middle of a busy highway, the other drivers have to react quickly to avoid any other accidents on the scene.

Unfortunately, some accidents are so severe that a chain reaction of crashes is nearly unavoidable. This was demonstrated on the night of August 3 when a drunk water truck tank driver overturned their vehicle and caused another accident to occur behind him.

Road clean up

Near midnight on Friday, August 3, the police received emergency calls about an overturned water tanker near JFK Boulevard and Easton Avenue. Upon their arrival, they did not see the truck driver at the scene. The police eventually caught the 44-year-old culprit running away on foot on a nearby road.

Due to the truck’s overturn, the fuel cell started leaking out diesel fuel and made the area into a potential fire hazard. Both local firefighters and hazardous material professionals came to prevent further leakage and injuries.

The crash also resulted in another accident right behind it. A 53-year-old Ford Edge motorist stopped in the middle of traffic to avoid the truck, causing a 28-year-old Somerset driver to hit a nearby Pathfinder. The 35-year-old Pathfinder victim received minor injuries from the incident.

The fallout

The truck driver faces multiple charges for causing a drunk driving accident, fleeing the scene and failing to report it. On top of this, his license was suspended prior to the incident, so he received two additional charges for driving while suspended and unlicensed.

This crash not only demonstrates the large-scale damage that can come from a drunk driver, but also how some fail to learn from their past mistakes. Victims of these negligent motorists can file a personal injury or property damage lawsuit to receive coverage of any expenses caused by the accident.

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