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Coach says steering wheel locked before Union Catholic car wreck

An investigation following a car accident may take some time before details may be known about what happened. Often, law enforcement will open a probe in the immediate aftermath of a crash when the evidence is fresh. As time passes, if some details are missed or not relevant to the interests of the government in a car accident investigation, these details may be lost, as cars are repaired, potential witnesses go undiscovered, or possible facts are forgotten over time.

Few details are publicly available in what may have caused a car accident Friday that sent two high school basketball players to the hospital. The crash occurred on Route 22 in Watchung, New Jersey. The injured players were on their way home after winning a basketball game when the car they were in went through the median, leading to a crash with oncoming traffic.

A junior varsity coach with Union Catholic says that the steering wheel on the car apparently locked up before the vehicle drove into the median. Details surrounding the remainder of the horrible accident remain sketchy. One of the accident victims suffered a broken pelvis in the wreck. A second basketball player suffered a broken leg and head trauma--he was placed in a medically induced coma at University Hospital, according to the Star-Ledger.

School officials are respecting the privacy of the families involved in the car accident. In general, families may want to know more about the causes and contributing factors surrounding an injury accident. This also may be true if issues with the design of a car or its equipment are implicated in an accident.

Source: The Star-Ledger, “Boys basketball: Two Union Catholic players hospitalized after car accident,” Jeremy Schneider, Jan. 18, 2014

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