Crews Rescue Driver Trapped by Dumped Stones on New Jersey Roadway

Police in New Jersey found a driver pinned under tons of stones Monday afternoon so emergency crews worked to free the woman stuck behind the wheel.

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The crash around 3:28 p.m. Monday left Route 539 at Harry Wright Boulevard in Whiting closed for hours, Manchester Township police said.
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The 2016 Kenworth T80 tri-axle dump truck, loaded with stones, struck the driver's side of a 2008 Nissan Altima attempting to turn left. Authorities say the dump truck was hauling tons of stones which flipped onto the woman's car. A passenger in the Nissan managed to get out on her own but the 24-year-old woman was trapped.
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“The only thing you could see was gravel,” Manchester Township Police Patrolman Ian Bole said. “The roof had collapsed and so did the windshield so all the stones had seeped through.
Bole joined in during the rescue effort which included several Good Samaritans.
“The entire neighborhood here on this block, ran to the scene with shovels,” Adele Cuesta, the mother-in-law of a man who helped rescue the woman, said.
Cuesta’s son-in-law owns a landscaping company and used his skid-steer loader to help remove the rocks.
Clearing the stones proved to be a challenge. At one point the group used bed sheets and a bullet proof vest to keep more of them from falling into the car.
Close to an hour after the crash, firefighters managed to lift the truck just enough for the woman to be pulled out. With some help, she walked to an ambulance with only some cuts on her face, hands, legs and feet. The passenger and truck driver weren’t seriously hurt either.
“To be honest with you, I’ve never seen a crash in my 10 years of experience here with this agency that was survivable with that type of crush damage,” Bole said. “I think the outcome couldn’t have gone any better.”
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