According to a news report, a 26-year-old Jersey City man lost one of his legs as a result of a truck crash on Sept. 18. The accident occurred after 6:40 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike near mile marker 1.8. Because of a construction project at the Carney's Point toll plaza in Salem County, the turnpike's left lane was closed, forcing traffic to merge to the right.
A spokesman for the state police stated that the New Jersey man, who was driving a box truck, failed to slow or stop as he reached the point where the traffic began to merge. He swerved to the right, collided with a tractor trailer and left the roadway before coming to a stop.
An officer of the New Jersey State Police, who had been monitoring traffic, along with a construction foreman already at the scene, attempted to treat the driver. The two men, noticing that the driver's leg appeared mangled below the knee, applied gauze and a tourniquet in an attempt to stop the bleeding. The injured man required the efforts of six first responders in order to free him from the vehicle. He was transported to Christiana Hospital in Delaware by helicopter for treatment, but his leg was later amputated. At the time of the report, he was said to be in serious, but stable, condition.
Car accidents often result in long-lasting consequences. Serious injuries can lead to large medical bills, loss of income and the possibility of permanent disability. An attorney may be able to negotiate with insurance companies and possibly reach a settlement for monetary compensation. This could be used to pay the medical bills and cover lost income.
Source: NJ.com, "N.J. State Police trooper saves man's life on turnpike after severe accident", Don E. Woods, September 19, 2013