Dan Stamm

Driver Dies as He Strikes Off-Duty South Jersey Officer, Children: Police

2-vehicle crash leaves man dead, 3 people -- including off duty officer -- hurt

A driver trying to pass a turning vehicle died when he crashed into a pickup truck, said authorities.

Franklin Township police said 28-year-old Joshua Austin, of Williamstown, was pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup truck driver, 35-year-old Jeffrey Bordley of Vineland, and two children in his vehicle were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

Investigators said Austin was driving westbound around noon Saturday when he moved into an eastbound lane to get around a car that had stopped to make a left turn. But his car then hit the eastbound pickup truck.

Bordley, a Bridgeton police officer who also sits on Vineland's school board, remained hospitalized Sunday in critical condition, while the two injured children were in stable condition. Bordley was off duty and in his private vehicle at the time, said Bridgeton police.

The cause of the crash in the Gloucester County community remained under investigation over the weekend. [[238427591, C]]

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