Drivers Survive Violent Head-on Dump Truck Crash

A nasty head-on crash and fuel spill closed a South Jersey road for about five hours Wednesday morning.

Two dump trucks contracted by Seashore Asphalt collided along Route 50 near where it intersects with the Atlantic City Expressway in the Laureldale section of Hamilton Township, Atlantic County, shortly before 3:30 a.m.

Hamilton Township Police said the tri-axle trucks were traveling to and from a road paving project along Route 30 in nearby Egg Harbor Township. The crash caused one of the trucks to overturn and left fuel on the roadway. 

A photo of the crash posted to twitter showed both vehicles badly damaged.

Unbelievably, both drivers -- Lionell Powell, 28, of Millville and Shawn Virgillo, 35, of Bridgeton -- only suffered moderate injuries, according to police. Crews had to extract Powell from the wreck.

Doctors at AlanticCare Medical Center treated each driver.

Crews cleared the scene around 8:30 a.m. The cause of the wreck remained under investigation Wednesday.

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