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Dump Truck Causes Multi-vehicle Crash in Lincoln Tunnel, Injuring One


semi-truck speeding down highway

According to New Jersey On-Line, one man sustained an injury after a dump truck causes a three-vehicle crash inside the Lincoln Tunnel in New Jersey on Wednesday morning.

Traffic Backed up for Hours

Police say a Mendez Trucking Kenworth dump truck slammed into an SUV at around 8:28 a.m. local time. The SUV then struck the back of a sprinter van, reports New Jersey On-Line.

The 70-year-old driver of the SUV received treatment at Hoboken Medical Center for chest pains. New Jersey On-Line reports that the man was later released.

Following the collision, officials cited the Mendez Trucking dump truck for out-of-adjustment brakes, over gross vehicle registered weight, over allotted axle weight, ABS malfunction indicator lighting, and failure to correct equipment defects.

Commuters through the tunnel experienced delays of over an hour long, and traffic issues persisted throughout the morning hours.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • Occupants of other vehicles made up 73 percent of these fatalities.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014, an increase of 17 percent from 2013.
  • Over 16 percent of all large-truck drivers involved in fatal crashes had at least one prior speeding conviction.

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