1 injured in near head-on Pike crash

KEARNY –

A collision between a Honda Accord and a cement truck on the Belleville Turnpike last week required response from not only Kearny police, but also the Kearny Fire Department, which had to wash a considerable amount of gasoline from the roadway.

“The truck’s tank was punctured and it lost virtually all of its fuel, spilling it onto the Pike,” KPD Chief John Dowie reported.

Dowie said neither of the drivers was hurt, but a female passenger in the car was taken by Kearny EMS to Clara Maass Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The accident occurred at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, as the eastbound cement truck was negotiating a curve near the intersection with Sellers St. According to police, witnesses stated that the Honda, travelling west, had crossed the center line and hit the truck virtually head-on.

The Honda driver, a 68-year-old Jersey City man, was issued a summons for the lane violation, police said. No summonses were given to the trucker, a 27-year-old South Plainfield man.

The car was towed from the scene. Mechanics from the company that owned the truck responded to see if it could be repaired at the site, Dowie said.

The state Department of Environmental Protection was notified of the fuel spill.

– Karen Zautyk 

The Observer Staff