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State trooper injured in crash with dump drunk on NJ Turnpike: officials

Posted at 8:34 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 15:32:15-04

CRANBURY, N.J. — A New Jersey state trooper was injured when the trooper's patrol vehicle crashed with a dump truck on the New Jersey Turnpike Monday morning, officials said.

According to the state police, the crash occurred in the southbound express lanes of the highway and involved the trooper's vehicle, which appeared to be destroyed in live video from AIR11 over the scene.

"How that trooper lived is unbelievable," NJ State Police Supt. Patrick Callahan said while offering updates on the crash Monday afternoon.

The trooper was ejected through the front windshield of the vehicle and flew 30 feet in the air, Callahan said.

Video from AIR11 showed the dump truck overturned and a third damaged vehicle, a sedan, on the highway, just south of Interchange 8-A near Cranbury.

State police said the trooper was hospitalized with serious injuries but he is expected to survive, according to Callahan.

The trooper's name has not been released.

The crash is under investigation.