Motor vehicle accidents: 4 injured in Warren County

Four people were taken to a local hospital following a serious two-vehicle crash in Warren County, according to local sources. New Jersey authorities have confirmed that three medical helicopters were used to transport the injured parties. Police are still investigating the accident, as is common with many motor vehicle accidents causing injury. For the moment, no charges have been filed. 

According to the report, all three injured parties were occupants of a sedan headed southbound on Route 31 South. Around 3:25 p.m. the afternoon of Feb. 14, their vehicle reportedly crashed head-on into a pickup truck heading the opposite direction. The force of the impact totaled both vehicles, injuring both drivers and two passengers in the sedan. It is not clear which of the drivers, if either, were at fault for the crash. 

The three occupants of the sedan were airlifted to a nearby hospital, indicating their injuries were likely serious to life-threatening. The driver of the pickup truck was transported via standard ambulance; that individual's condition is not known. Police closed the area of the crash for some 90 minutes to facilitate their investigation into the cause of the crash. 

If one or both drivers are found to have materially contributed to the accident through negligence, recklessness or other forms of driver error, they could each face criminal charges related to the crash. Even if no formal charges are filed, New Jersey law allows individuals injured in motor vehicle accidents to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court against any driver believed to be at fault for the accident. These suits are handled separately from any criminal proceedings. 

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