Two passenger vehicles and a commercial cement truck collided Wednesday in Bernardsville injuring two women and leaving the 36-year-old truck driver dead. Authorities had flown the truck driver to Morristown Medical Center after rescuing him from the overturned cement truck. However, the truck driver died sometime after leaving the accident scene.
Two women from Bedminster reportedly were sole occupants in each of the two passenger vehicles. The two women sustained personal injuries in the commercial truck accident.
The cement truck and two car accident occurred shortly after 10:00 a.m. Wednesday on Route 202. Two of the drivers were trapped inside their vehicles due to the crumpled metal. The truck driver and a 24-year-old woman had to be rescued their vehicles after the accident.
A third driver, a 53-year-old woman from Bedminster was able to get out of her car under her own power. She received treatment for her injuries at both the accident scene and in Morristown. She was released from the hospital Wednesday.
The two drivers who had to be extricated from their vehicles were flown to Morristown Medical Center. The condition of the 24-year-old Bedminster woman remains unknown.
Local police from several area communities, firefighters and state officials all provided assistance in the aftermath of the tragic crash. An investigation into the accident was immediately launched and authorities closed Route 202 to gather information and clear the scene. The roadway was closed throughout the afternoon, reopening around 6:00 Wednesday evening.
News reports have not disclosed details of what may have happened in causing the serious accident. The investigation remains open.