Baby Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Multi-Car Crash on Route 73 in South Jersey

A one-year-old child was one of six hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash in South Jersey Monday morning.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. along the northbound lanes of Route 73 near Hayes Mill Road in Winslow Township.

A total of six cars were involved in the crash, according to the Winslow Township Police Department.

Police said the accident began when 19-year-old Anders Opitz of Phoenixville, Pa, driving a Ford pick-up truck northbound on Route 73, sideswiped a van driven by 60-year-old Michael Nardello of Berlin, NJ.

This set off a chain reaction of crashes involving four other vehicles. In all, nine people were involved.

In the aftermath, 60-year old Joseph Duffy of Landisville, NJ was rescued from the Mini Cooper he was driving and flown to Cooper Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Another vehicle involved in the crash, driven by 39-year old Kenneth Matthews was also carrying a 1-year-old baby and 28-year-old Michelle Santiago, both from Vineland, NJ. Matthews and Santiago were taken by ambulance to Cooper Hospital, the baby was airlifted.

Police said the baby was suffering life-threatening injuries.

Optiz and 53-year-old Dennis Conway of Hammonton, NJ, who was driving another vehicle hit in the crash, were transported to Virtua Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed in the crash as the investigation continues.

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