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UPDATE: Couple Hospitalized After Route 1 Crash

West Windsor police report two people were flown from the scene in helicopters to Trenton trauma center.

A couple from New Brunswick, Canada, was injured when their motor home flipped after being struck on Route 1 in West Windsor on Monday afternoon.

Verne and Louise Beers, of Lower Woodstock, were flown to Capital Health Regional Medical Center after being extricated from their overturned motor home.

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Verne Beers, 68, was listed in serious condition and Louise Beers, 55, was listed in fair condition, according to a hospital spokesperson Don MacNeill.

The Beers were driving a 1987 Ford motor home north on Route 1 when they were struck at 3:29 p.m. by a 2006 Kia driven by Fady Abdelhady, 22, of King of Prussia, Pa., just north of the Quakerbridge Road overpass, said Sgt. Thomas Tarr, of the West Windsor Police Traffic Bureau. Abdelhady was driving in the left lane when he lost control of his car.

The motor home, which was being driven by Verne Beers, then slid and vaulted onto its side and flipped onto its top. The couple was trapped in the motor home and extricated by personnel from West Windsor Emergency Services, Tarr said.

Louise Beers was pulled from the vehicle first, followed a few minutes later by her husband.

The Beers were towing an SUV when they were struck, police said. Several news outlets initially reported that the motor home was struck by an SUV.

Abdelhady was not injured in the accident, Tarr said.

West Windsor was aided on scene by emergency personnel from Princeton Junction, Princeton and Lawrence Township.

The accident is under investigation by West Windsor Patrolman Michael McMahon. No charges have been filed.

Ramps to Quakerbridge Road and Route 1 northbound were closed for several hours after the crash. The road was reopened at 7:30 p.m., police said.

 

This article was updated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Lisa Witt-pinaire April 16, 2012 at 10:11 PM
My daughter was in rt to class atMercer. She said that it hurt her soul to see the crash.
Tina Flora April 17, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Thoughts & Prayers go out to the Beers. I saw the remains of their Winnebago on RT1 today & it is truly a miracle they survived. I drive RT 1 every day & it is a horror to drive as no one pays attention to the stop & go traffic then ends up causing a horrible accident like this. If Abdelhady cause it, he should definitely be charged with reckless driving as this happens way too muchon RT 1. Prayers that the Beers recover from their injuries....
Rebecca April 17, 2012 at 02:35 AM
It hurts my soul too. :( Very scary stuff. Route 1 is no joke. Wishing the Beers the best... they are in excellent hands at Cap Health.
Patrick April 17, 2012 at 02:49 AM
just horrible... that section from the 295/95 merge to past Mercer Mall is the worst. People drive too fast, never look when they change lanes, and then you have the truck traffic. All the best to the Beers, but you have to wonder if a couple from Canada was using Rt1 as a cheap Alt route to the turnpike. Not sure if its just me, but there seems to be more trucks on Rt1 since the tolls went up. That RV with a SUV in tow, would cost close to 60 bucks to go the distance of the turnpike.
Lville Rob April 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Man, Patrick, have a little heart. I cannot believe you are bringing up the issue of whether tolls on the turnpike are driving vehicles to roads like Route 1as a comment to this story! Pretty damn callous. Show some respect.
Linda April 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Route 1 is insane on a good day! This goes to my points as to whether they should be testing drivers 60 or older every years. I said I was more concerned with the SUV drivers and the young people and the speed limits that no one pays any attention too. I wonder how this kid lost control of his SUV? I pray for the recovery of Mr. and Mrs. Beers.
Nikki Cox April 17, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I think Patrick has a legitimate point. Not only would the Turnpike be confusing for people not used to it, they might not have had enough American money on them (exchange rates can throw people off and not all American ATMs accept Canadian debit cards) or they mistakenly thought a "local" road would be easier to maneuver than the Turnpike. Regardless, I feel bad for those poor people and I hope they make a speedy and complete recovery.
frank "the tank" neddy April 17, 2012 at 09:56 AM
I know the couples brother personally as i was with him when his mother called to give the horrible news. I have something to say to those that give their uneducated, self righteous comments. If it was your sister and brother, would you be making comments about how old drivers should be before they are retested or hinting they may have deserved it if they were only trying to save a few bucks. Disgusting really. May the lord have mercy on you and ive been praying for the beers family.
A. Non April 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I don't understand how a little Kia could cause a giant motor home to flip over and completely self destruct.
Patrick April 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Frank, as I said in my post, the best to the Beers... It is horrible that this accident happened. But, this is a local news site, and just last week in the same area a oil taker flipped over. So, this is a problem area for traffic, and its getting worse. Sadly the Beers never knew that before the travel through. And I offered a reason why. I could well be wrong to their intentions, but it wasn't to blame them. It was to bring up a point that larger trucks and in this case an RV are using this road more often. As for Linda's comment... I can't speak to her personally, but I'm sure she had no personal malice in her comment. People comment from their experiences and Rt1 has seen several elderly accidents of late. So don't think we any less here for your family. We all understand just how bad that road is, and are looking for answers ourselves. Again all the best and a speedy recovery to the Beers.
Bryan DiMonte April 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Was driving to the mall to pick up a friend when I saw this wreck. The sight of it alone made me sick to my stomach and I am pleasantly shocked to learn no one was killed. Thoughts and prayers to the Beers and may they make a full recovery from their injuries.
Jack Wagon April 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Really? You want to road test every driver over the age of 60 annually? Why is 60 the magic age? I'd be livid if I had to go through a road test annually. that's not even practical.
Larry April 17, 2012 at 01:21 PM
as to how the kia could cause the problem... driving something so big while towing does not allow you to stop quickly and/or causes you to be unable to swerve quickly.... if you try to you can't slow down, just like an 18 wheeler you can jack knife and flip..... not that was the Beers fault.... just that if someone does something unexpectedly like the kia did when the driver lost control, you can't react as quickly as you could if you were driving a car.... as to the tolls, it is an issue on this road because as bigger vehicles travel on it (18 wheelers, RVs, etc...) more of this happens because of their inabilty to react as well as cars.... this is a road with many accesses and lights, as opposed to the Turnpike, these cause many more times where there will be a need to react quickly... that's why locals are concerned about tolls leading to more of these big rigs on route 1. No one is minimizing what has happened to these people.... we want to prevent it from happening.....
Diana CG April 17, 2012 at 02:49 PM
People are just plain ignorant.....as Linda for instance, the 22 yr old driver in the Kia hit the RV that the Beers were traveling in. What does that have to do with age testing after 60??? Maybe the 22 yr old Kia driver who lost control of his vehicle should be retested every year ! I am always reading about the younger inexperienced drivers more so than the older "more experienced" drivers getting into accidents, sometimes fatal over their speeding...and now texting is also an issue with them. Frank, I am praying for the Beers and I hope they can recover and heal from this terrible experience. I can't imagine what it was like being trapped inside that RV until they could be pulled out safely. My prayers and thoughts are with them and with your family also.
Heidi April 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Young Fady was in the left lane when he lost control of his Kia and hit the Beers. Perhaps texting while driving? I hope the police will take at look at his cell phone record. So many people get into the left lane while talking or texting on their phone because they think they don't have to be a aware of others entering/exiting the highway. As to why the Beers lost control of their mobile home, driving a large vehicle while towing a car is difficult, and even a relatively minor collision can cause it to jacknife. I wish the Beers the best and a speedy recovery.
I am RIGHT April 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
OH Canada! - Paying the US medical bills could bankrupt them. Hope they bought Travel Medical Insurance. Yes - trucks avoid the turnpike due to the high tolls. Yes - ALL people unfamiliar with Rt.1/I-95/I-295 interchange could become confused, especially if you're listening to a GPS. Yes - There should be an age when drivers are tested. Not sure what the age is, but I'd start with 80. Driving is not a RIGHT it's a PRIVLEDGE.
Joe R April 17, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I wish the Beers a speedy recovery. Once they return to Canada, their health care system will take care of any ongoing treatments and rehabs, they won't go broke in Canada. Testing all drivers 80 and older? Who will pay for this, who will do the testing? Will the seniors be forced to pay for the whole thing every year? Teen age drivers are a high accident group, what do we do with them?
OM Nicely April 17, 2012 at 04:40 PM
What an end to an American vacation! Best wishes to this couple. This morning their medical conditions were upgraded somewhat. It's convenient to blame route 1 but it's the drivers, not the road, who are at fault. I drive it several times a week. It's a harrowing experience. Enforcement is almost nonexistent. Ironically, some of the most courteous and carefully driven cars and trucks I see are from Canada! I never see enforcement except for an area south of New Brunswick.
I am RIGHT April 17, 2012 at 05:05 PM
JOER - So we should ignore senior drivers because there's a problem with teen drivers? Huh? Teen driving laws have been changed in the past 5 years, can you say the same for senior driving laws?
Leslie Bianczik April 17, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Seniors are fine on the road. It's parking lots they have trouble with; and keeping the gas & brake straight. They only need a brief eye-hand (or maybe eye-foot) coordination test, to make sure they're still sharp. This accident wasn't caused by senior drivers.
Kim Mckay White April 17, 2012 at 05:28 PM
As a close friend of Mrs. Beers' brother, I so want to comment on some of the heartless posts on here but will refrain from doing so out of respect for the trauma that this family is going through. I just hope that the family doesn't come one here and read these....Meanwhile, as they do believe strongly in prayer, I know that they will appreciate each one who has offered to pray for Louise and Verne...
judy gavel April 17, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I know Louise and Verne personally as my sister is married to Mrs. Beers' brother. I wish them a very speedy recovery and hope that they will be able to return to the wonderful country of Canada very soon. I am sad that their wonderful vacation had to end on such an unpleasant note. Prayers for a speedy recovery for both of them.
Mary Home April 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
I agree that Driving is not a right but a privilege I know the beers and Vern is a great driver that is what he has done for a job for years I have seen Vern back a big truck in places that most people can't right a small car in. The last person on earth that needs his driving tested is Vern Beers. I also know that the Beers would have had a long to with God before heading on the road and God sent a lot of Angels to keep them well while waiting for help. I will be praying for your speedy recovery and save arrival home. see you soon Mary
Jonah April 18, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Wow people sure do have problems with reading comprehension. Linda said her argument was against testing older drivers. She said other drivers such as younger ones who speed are more of a problem. So unbunch your panties and take a valium. Wishing the Beers a very speedy recovery. Sorry your trip ended so badly.
Jack Wagon April 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Really Jonah - Is it my reading comprehension or the syntax of the writing? The way I read it: This goes to my points as to whether they should be testing drivers 60 or older every years. (They're not currently testing, so Linda questions whether they should be). I said I was more concerned with the SUV drivers and the young people and the speed limits that no one pays any attention too. (The way Linda spells the word "too" indicates "also". There are several grammatical errors that call into question the meanings of several parts of the post that Linda herself could have easily cleared up without a fuss. This wasn't a big deal. Sorry Linda, I really wasn't trying to offend you. Jonah - Since you want to call me out in such a mean spirited way while protecting Linda's honor: Check yourself cubby - You want to jump ugly and open that pie-hole of yours, you're now fair game, moron. It's you who should take off your wife's thong, put on your reading glasses, up your Thorazine and muffler that raging bad attitude, fat boy. I hear they have a three for one Literacy, Pilates, and Finishing Class at MCC. I hear it's pretty cheap for low budget, fat idiots with bad manners. Holler back!
Jack Wagon April 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
BTW Jonah - I know it's hard for low IQ's to concentrate for long periods of time, but keep reading down the list of posts, at least two other people read it the way I did, too (also). See Patrick, Diane, & I am Right
ruth mckay April 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Amen to that..Have known Mr Beer;s for years he worked with the goverment of Canada and it is not his first time driving a karge truck..You see people driving and texting or talking on the phone every day.Vern and his wife are wonderfull people...as im sure the young person driving the other car is.Prayers to Vern,Linda and there family.Ruth and Dwaine
Edo April 21, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Sorry I don't have facebook myself but we would like to thank everyone for ther many prayers and good wishes and it is the drivers not the roads thanks again also if you look at the pic. close you will notice the only room in the mh was the size of GODS cupped hands Verne and Louise Beers
e April 22, 2012 at 04:48 PM
wish the beers a speedy and complete recovery. the 22 yr old was likely texting, why else would a kia 'lose control'? it likely veered into the immediate path of the rv. test seniors annually? oh yes...my mother at 79 hit 'something' so hard she snapped her passenger side view mirror and slammed it into the window shattering it...she lied her way out of it to the state, paid cash to repair her car. my nearly 22 yr old daughter texts and drives all the time.

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