Motor vehicle accidents: 8 hurt in New Jersey

A two-car accident near The College of New Jersey has sent eight people, including several students at the college, to local hospitals. As with many motor vehicle accidents, police are still in the process of investigating the specifics of this crash. However, it appears one of the drivers might be up on charges when the investigation is complete. 

According to preliminary reports, it appears that around 2 a.m. two cars carrying several passengers each collided head-on while traveling on Pennington Road. It is unclear at this time which of the drivers could be held responsible, but police believe one of the drivers may have crossed the center line, causing the accident. Police and emergency services responded rapidly after being notified by multiple 911 calls. 

Six of the eight people hurt in the accident were listed as being in critical condition. The five students hurt in the crash are listed as being between 19 and 21 years of age, and their injuries include broken bones, lacerations and contusions, a ruptured bladder and a brain injury. A fundraiser organized by fellow students has already brought in considerable funds for their medical care. 

In motor vehicle accidents causing serious injury, any resulting criminal charges could result in considerable jail time. However, New Jersey authorities will first have to determine which of the drivers were at fault for this crash. Even if they choose not to file criminal charges, state law allows the injured parties to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court against the party or parties deemed responsible for the accident. 

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