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Plow in Sparta Township hits couple outside library

A woman and her husband were injured Monday afternoon in a parking lot accident in Sparta Township, New Jersey. The woman works at a library and was leaving work Monday afternoon with her husband. Police say that a snow plow operator was clearing snow and sanding the parking lot as the couple left the library. Authorities say that the man and woman were each struck by the snow plow as it was backing up in the lot.

The woman, a resident from Flanders, New Jersey, suffered more serious injuries. She was admitted to Morristown Medical Center with leg injuries, as well as injuries to her head and back. She was listed in fair condition as of Tuesday, according to NJ.com. Her husband was treated at the same hospital and released on Monday.

It may not come as a surprise to most people that pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in an accident with a moving vehicle of any type. A person walking along the sidewalk, or in a parking lot, has little protection against a moving vehicle. Even in a relatively low speed incident, a pedestrian can suffer serious injuries. Leg injuries are relatively common in pedestrian accidents. But, internal injuries, and injuries to the spine or head are also possible in a low speed accident.

A person can be thrown when hit by a vehicle, or knocked to the pavement—which can be involved in many kinds of injuries in a pedestrian accident.

In the recent Sparta Township accident, complete details about what may have happened remain under investigation. Sparta Township Police say that it does not appear at this point that the plow driver was acting recklessly. Alcohol and drugs also do not appear to be involved, according to law enforcement.

Source: NJ.com, “Police: Two pedestrians struck, seriously injured by Sparta Township snowplow,” Meghan Shapiro Hodgin, Feb. 4, 2014

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