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Two injured in violent Watchung head-on crash

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that head-on collisions can occur in a variety of situations. Drivers entering the highway in the wrong direction, distractions among drivers and other causes may be involved in these dangerous accidents. However, many head-on wrecks involve a driver simply crossing over the centerline of a two-lane road for many different reasons.

A violent head-on collision in Watchung, New Jersey, sent two people to a Newark hospital Monday night. Authorities say that at least one of the cars was so damaged that emergency responders used two hydraulic cutting tools during the rescue effort to free accident victims from the wreckage. A landing pad was set up in Berkeley Heights for a chopper.

One of the accident victims was flown in a medevac ambulance to a hospital in Newark. The other accident victim was taken to the same hospital in a ground ambulance. Authorities say that each person taken to the hospital suffered internal injuries.

Authorities continue to investigate what happened. Preliminary reports indicate that investigators believe that a driver travelling northbound on Hillcrest Road crossed over the centerline, leading to the head-on collision. It is not clear what kind of speed was involved in the head-on crash.

Head-on collisions can be fearsome and involve extensive injuries. While the degree and nature of the injuries that the two people suffered on Monday have not been specifically indentified, the nature of a head-on wreck can cause serious and even fatal injuries—even in a relatively low speed accident.

Source: NJ.com, “Head-on collision injures two, closes Hillcrest Road overnight, Watchung Police say,” Walter O'Brien, Feb. 11, 2014

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