Fatal Dump Truck Crash Closes Route 129 in Trenton
TRENTON, NJ – In a tragic incident, a collision involving three dump trucks occurred on Route 129 in Trenton, resulting in one fatality. The Trenton Police Department, along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, is currently investigating the incident. Preliminary reports suggest that a dump truck rear-ended another dump truck, leading to a collision with a third dump truck. The drivers of the two other trucks sustained minor injuries and are currently receiving treatment at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. The identity of the deceased individual is being withheld pending notification of their next of kin.
Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora has advised commuters to avoid Route 129 between Lalor and Cass, as the road has been shut down in both directions due to the crash. The collision caused one of the dump trucks to overturn, exacerbating the situation. The closure is expected to remain in effect until the investigation is complete and the wreckage is cleared.
On January 3, 2024, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Trenton Radio Room 9-1-1 operators received multiple calls reporting a crash involving multiple dump trucks on Route 129, specifically between Cass Street and Lalor Street. In response to the emergency, the Trenton Police, Trenton Fire Department, TEMS, and Paramedics were dispatched to the scene. The Trenton Fire Department initiated extensive rescue operations, which continued until around 12:26 p.m. At approximately 12:30 p.m., emergency responders successfully extricated a trapped individual from one of the dump trucks.
Authorities have not yet released further details about the cause of the crash or the events leading up to it. The investigation is expected to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. In the meantime, motorists are advised to seek alternative routes and exercise caution while driving in the area.
As the investigation continues, Route 129 between Lalor and Cass remains closed, causing significant traffic disruptions. Commuters are urged to stay updated on the situation and follow the instructions of local authorities.