One Killed, Two Injured in Crash with Dump Truck on Rt 522 in South Brunswick, NJ
South Brunswick, NJ — August 2, 2022, one person died and two were injured when a car and a dump truck collided on Route 522 in South Brunswick.
According to reports the incident happened around 12:30 p.m. along Rt 522 at Kingston Lane. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding east in a sedan when his son, the driver, may have made an improper left turn toward Kingston. The car entered the path of a westbound dump truck and the two collided in the roadway.
The man riding in the truck was fatally injured in the crash. The sedan driver was critically injured and a teen girl in the vehicle was seriously injured; both were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Dump Truck Accident in South Brunswick
Some may feel the news is pretty clear about what happened in on Rt 522, but I've seen reports overlook or omit crucial details too many times to do anything but take them with a grain of salt. In many cases a second, more careful look confirms what police thought at the outset, but I've also worked on plenty of cases where crucial information was found that law enforcement missed--things that completely changed how a crash was perceived.
In one recent case, for example, police said a driver turned in front of an 18-wheeler seemingly without reason, causing a fatal crash. Her family didn't accept that she was that careless and asked us to look again.
Our investigators found some unusual details omitted in police reports: There was a dense fog in the area at the time, the truck was traveling too fast for those conditions, and its headlights might have been malfunctioning at the time. All that put together is an obvious recipe for dangerously-reduced visibility, which clearly is a far cry from "no reason."
Obviously the situation in South Brunswick isn't identical to that, but the point is more that it's important to weigh all the potential variables instead of jumping to premature conclusions. With that in mind the victims and their loved ones may be better served by independent investigations rather than waiting for police reports. At the very least they deserve to know that every effort was made to find the whole story.