To the amazement of the emergency personnel and police who responded to the scene, no one was killed in a four-vehicle collision in which a U-Haul truck flipped onto its side and another vehicle came to rest on its roof along Interstate 95 in Lawrence Township this morning, Saturday, Feb. 2.
In fact, only two people were transported to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries, officials said.
The accident, which was reported just before 7:55 a.m., happened along the northbound side of I-95 near Exit 7B, directly beneath the Route 206 overpass.
When Lawrence Township police and firefighters from the Lawrenceville, Lawrence Road and Slackwood volunteer fire companies arrived, they found a large U-Haul truck resting on its driver’s side along the shoulder of the highway.
Still attached to the U-Haul truck was a trailer upon which sat a Ford Mustang. Two other cars – a BMW and a Chevy – were off the road, partially on the dirt embankment leading up the Exit 7B ramp to Route 206.
The BMW was resting on its roof. Two light poles were also on the ground, having been knocked down by the crashing vehicles.
Officials said skid marks and other preliminary evidence observed at the scene indicate the U-Haul truck, and possibly the other vehicles, partially rode up the concrete wall of the overpass at some point during the accident.
The man who was driving the BMW was particularly lucky, officials said, because a milepost sign pierced the windshield when the car overturned but it angled in such a way that it missed impaling the man.
A Lawrence Township Emergency Medical Service ambulance crew took the BMW’s driver and the Chevy’s female driver to the hospital, while the male driver of the U-Haul truck declined medical assistance.
A cat that was riding in the Mustang on the trailer being towed by the U-Haul truck was not injured, officials said.
Officials said the driver of the U-Haul told them he was in the process of moving from Florida to Connecticut.
Several heavy-duty tow trucks were brought in to upright the overturned truck and car. That process was completed by 10:15 a.m., but additional cleanup work was then necessary.
The right and center lanes of I-95 North, as well as the Exit 7B ramp from I-95 North to Route 206 North and the entrance ramp to I-95 North from Route 206 South, were closed for several hours as a result of the pileup.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation by New Jersey State Police.