The Route 23 and Route 287 intersection in Riverdale, New Jersey, is the site of another dump truck accident, the sixth in the past two months. This truck-accident hot spot has seen more accidents in the past two months than an area will usually see in a year, says the borough’s police chief. It seems that many truckers fail to notice the traffic light at the bottom of the Route 287 exit and don’t have enough time to slow down at the bottom of the hill. Police have also previously stationed officers in the area to catch speeding trucks.
The accident happened as the dump truck driver drove down the steep hill and apparently lost control of the vehicle, hitting eight cars. The driver claims he experienced brake failure, but State Police determined the brakes were functional. After hitting the eight cars, the truck eventually rolled over and stopped.
Five people were injured in the crash, all of whom were taken to Chilton Hospital. The Record reports that the victims all suffered head and neck injuries, but there have been no reports on the extent of anyone’s injuries. It is believed that the victims all suffered non-life-threatening injuries, but the severity of the injuries remains unknown.
Although the truck driver will face criminal charges, he should also be held liable to the numerous people injured because of his apparent carelessness. All motorists must be careful while driving, but truck drivers must be especially so. Because of the size and weight of a truck, careless driving could cause horrific injuries and tremendous financial and emotional strain on someone injured in a truck accident. There is no excuse for irresponsible driving by truckers and it is important to hold them liable for any damage or destruction they cause.