Driver Loses Control, Truck Goes Into Bay on Parkway

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    NBC10's Ted Greenberg talked to two men who jumped into the Great Egg Harbor Bay to help save the driver of a truck that plunged into the water. (Published Friday, May 23, 2014)

    A dump truck lost control and plunged into the Great Egg Harbor Bay Friday afternoon as drivers tried to make their way down the shore for the holiday weekend.

    Truck Into Bay, Driver Rescued

    [PHI] Truck Into Bay, Driver Rescued
    The driver of a construction dump truck lost control of his vehicle causing it to plunge from the Garden State Parkway into the Great Egg Harbor Bay, according to New Jersey State Police. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has more details. (Published Friday, May 23, 2014)

    New Jersey State Police say the driver was on the Garden State Parkway in Upper Township when he lost control of his vehicle, hit a metal divider and went into the bay.

    Lucky for the driver, two construction workers at a job nearby, saw the accident happen and were able to jump into the water and save the man.

    It hit the water and then landed on its side with the driver's side cab door up," said one of the men, Aaron Grace. "So J and I jumped in."

    "We could see the guy in the window, scratching to get out," said Jason (J.) Armbruster. "I had a hammer and I smashed the window, and somehow he [Aaron Grace] got the door off with the crane.

    They were able to pull the victim out of the bay and he was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

    His condition is unknown at this time.

    A crew of divers were brought in to search the water for anyone else that may have been in the truck along with the driver, although police say they believe the driver was alone.

    The southbound side of the parkway was shut down for a short time, backing up traffic as drivers tried to make their way to the shore for Memorial Day weekend.