Tom’s River, NJ – Dump Truck Causes Four-Vehicle Crash on Rt 539, Two Sent to Area Hospitals

Tom’s River, NJ – Dump Truck Causes Four-Vehicle Crash on Rt 539, Two Sent to Area Hospitals

Tom’s River, NJ (July 19, 2022) – Two people are in the hospital with non-critical injuries after a four-vehicle collision on the afternoon of Monday, July 18th in Manchester Township.

Police said the operator of a 2000 Peterbilt dump truck, 57-year-old Noel Rivera-Gonzalez, a resident of Sayreville, was traveling southbound on Route 539 when he failed to stop behind a 2011 Kia Forte, driven by 39-year-old Grace Newchurch, a resident of Toms River, who was waiting to make a lefthand turn onto Horicon Avenue.

When the dump truck rear-ended the Kia, it forced the smaller vehicle onto the northbound lanes of Route 539 where it T-boned a 2010 Toyota Prius driven by 67-year-old Anthony Foti, a resident of Ogdensburg, NY. The Kia then spun out into the shoulder. 

The Prius was shoved into the southbound lane of Route 539 where it collided with a 2014 GMC Savana work van being driven by 42-year-old Steven Greenberg, a resident of Forked River.

According to officers, Newchurch was pinned inside her vehicle but first responders were able to extricate her. She was then taken by Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services Ambulance to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. She is currently in stable condition.

Ogdensburg was taken by Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services Ambulance to Community Medical Center for treatment and evaluation of injuries believed to be non-critical.

Greenberg and Rivera-Gonzalez did not report any injuries. 

Manchester Police are still investigating the incident but stated that driver inattention and following too closely on the part of the truck operator seem to be the main contributing factors.

Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Dump Truck Accidents in New Jersey

Tom's River, NJ - Dump Truck Causes Four-Vehicle Crash on Rt 539, Two Sent to Area Hospitals

The injuries resulting from a dump truck crash are often quite serious for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. Dump trucks are considerably heavier and larger than many other vehicles, particularly when they are carrying construction materials or debris. In fact, debris falling off the back of a dump truck can cause an accident that doesn’t physically involve the truck at all.  

Additionally, dump trucks are often backed across construction sites so they can dump the cargo where it needs to go. Taking into account their massive blind spots and decreased lines of sight, it’s no wonder that dump truck accidents take place with such alarming frequency.   

The increased number of dump trucks on the New Jersey roadways is an obvious contributor to the frequency of these accidents. Dump truck accidents can, however, also be caused by:

  • Improperly trained operators
  • Rollovers due to overloaded or improperly loaded truck beds 
  • Poorly secured payload
  • Decreased visibility/Blind spots
  • Tired operators 
  • Driving maneuvers that are unsafe due to the size of the truck
  • Improperly entering a roadway/Failure to yield/
  • Poor or lacking vehicle maintenance 

If you were injured in a dump truck accident, you should seek the guidance of a New Jersey commercial truck accident lawyer from Metro Law who has years of practice in identifying all relevant rules and regulations that could influence your case.

If you were injured in a collision with a dump truck and you feel that operator negligence was the cause, contact our dump truck accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see what legal options are open for you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.