Hamilton, N.J. – A four-vehicle crash on the Turnpike of New Jersey left an elderly man from New York in critical condition.

The accident occurred at around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon of Thursday when a pickup truck stopped due to a flat tire. A tractor-trailer with  a storage container on its chassis that was following the pickup also stopped and was rear-ended by a third truck which knocked the container off the tractor. Then there was the 4th truck hitting the container.

The third truck had two occupants identified as William Connelly, age 61, resident of Centereach, N.Y., and his son Ryan Connelly, age 17, resident of Smithtown, N.Y. Both were delivered to local hospital. The father sustained critical head wounds while the son suffering head and leg laceration was later listed under stable condition.

Due to the 1:00 o’clock afternoon crash, all northbound lanes along exit 7A in Hamilton was closed for four hours thus causing extensive delays for commuters heading north and south. But all lanes were reopened  at about 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

Sgt. Adam Grossman identified Raphael Ramirez, age 40, resident of Maryland as the driver who stopped his pickup truck along the right lane after one of his tires blew out.

Police said that the 4th tractor overturned and blocked all three lanes of the road going north.

Drivers of the other two tractor-trailer were identified as Darryl Marshall, age 27 and resident of Iowa and Jose Fonseca, age 50 resident of  Rhode Island.

Both drivers complained of minor pain and were delivered to the University Hospital of Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton and were declared by hospital staff in stable conditions. Ramirez had no injuries at all.

Many motorists complained of the delay as they wasted time as they happened to be in the midst of the traffic jams of the region due to the mishap, caused by the collision. The lanes going north were closed for over an hour making a total of nearly 2 hour delays

Ryan Hasse, a 23-year-old motorist residing in Abington, Pennsylvania who works at a courier service, said that he didn’t know there was crash in the area and it was the worst traffic jam he has seen.

Another traveler was being driven to Newark Liberty International Airport to catch a flight. As he and his companion were waiting for the highway to reopen for they have to catch their plane.

State police confirmed that the accident involved four vehicles: two tractor trailers, a box truck and a pickup truck. It happened on a Thursday afternoon along the vicinity of the interchange. The injuries totaled 4 injuries; with 1 serious and the other 3 minor. The cause of the crash is under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Accident victims have rights. If you were injured in a car accident, contact experienced  car accident lawyer now for free consultation. He will protect the rights of you and your loved ones. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.

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