A two-vehicle head-on collision Monday night sent two to the hospital and closed Hillcrest Road for hours, police said.
At about 10:30 p.m. Monday night, one car traveling north on Hillcrest Road crossed over the double yellow lines, causing a head-on crash with another vehicle traveling south, according to Chief Joseph Cina of the Watchung Police.
Firefighters arrived quickly to find one person heavily trapped in the vehicle, so they used two sets of hydraulic rescue tools to gain access, Chief Thomas Carlucci of the Watchung Volunteer Fire Department said.
The department manned an engine for a medevac helicopter to land at the Connell Corporate Center off Valley Road in Berkeley Heights for the patient’s transport to the trauma center, Carlucci said.
One of the drivers was flown to University Hospital in Newark and the other was taken to the same hospital by ambulance, where both were being treated for internal injuries, Cina said.
The drivers’ names are being withheld pending notification of family members, Cina said.
Hillcrest Road remained closed overnight for the investigation but was reopened in time for the morning rush hour, Cina said.
Both vehicles were towed from the scene, Cina said.
No charges have been filed and no summonses issued as the cause of the accident remains under investigation, Cina said.
Watchung Fire, Watchung Rescue Squad and the Somerset County Crash Reconstruction Team were involved in the extrication and investigation, Cina said.
“I was really impressed by the efforts of our volunteer (firefighters) to utilize their equipment and training for a successful conclusion to this incident,” Carlucci said.
Courtesy of NJ.com