Update, 3:45 p.m. May 9:
After being closed in both directions for 2½ hours as a result of a three-vehicle collision, Route 206 (Lawrence Road) in Lawrence Township was reopened to traffic at 2:45 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 9).
Four people, including 5-year-old twins, were transported to a hospital in Trenton following the crash, which remains under investigation by township police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.
None of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening, according to township police spokesman Lt. Charles Edgar.
The accident on Route 206, just north of Fackler Road, was reported to police at 12:15 p.m.
Edgar said preliminary information gather by investigators indicates that a 2001 Mercedes Benz M320 being driven northbound on Route 206 swerved for an as yet unknown reason and crossed over the road’s center line. The Mercedes collided almost head-on with a 2011 Honda Pilot that was traveling south on Route 206, he said.
A 2005 Nissan Altima going south behind the Honda was unable to stop in time and ended up sideswiping the Honda, he said.
The driver of the Mercedes – Marvin Venegas Camacho, 48, of the 100 block of Bayard Street, Trenton – suffered “trauma-related injuries” and was transported by ambulance to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was reported to be in stable condition this afternoon, according to Edgar.
Anne Haan, a 37-year-old Lawrence resident, was the driver of the Honda, Edgar said. He said she was also hurt and was taken by ambulance to the same hospital, together with her 5-year-old son and daughter. She was reported to be in stable condition as well, while her children were being examined as a precaution, he said.
Edgar said the Nissan’s driver, Ryan Murphy, 20, of Hillsborough, and his passenger, 19-year-old Hillsborough resident Adam Santos, were not hurt.
Investigating the accident are Lawrence Police Officer Shawn Sudol and Detective Todd Caruso, with the assistance of Detective Tony Abarno from the county prosecutor’s office.
Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call them at (609) 896-1111.
Ambulance crews from Lawrence and Princeton and paramedics from Capital Health System attended to the injured, while township firefighters contained automotive fluids that leaked from the wrecked vehicles.
Route 206 remained closed until 2:45 p.m. so investigators could take measurements and photographs of the crash scene. Princeton Township police assisted by detouring southbound motorists off Route 206 at Province Line Road, while Lawrence police diverted northbound traffic off Route 206 at Carter Road.
Original Story, 1:35 p.m. May 9:
Lawrence Township police and a detective from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a three-vehicle collision that occurred about 12:15 p.m. today (Wednesday, May 9) on Route 206 (Lawrence Road) near the intersection with Fackler Road.
Multiple injuries were reported in the accident, which forced police to close Route 206 in both directions.
As of 1:30 p.m. police said Route 206 would remain closed until investigators had finished their investigation at the scene, which included taking measurements and photographs.
Ambulance crews from Lawrence and Princeton and paramedics from Capital Health System responded to care for the injured, while township firefighters contained automotive fluids that leaked from the wrecked vehicles.
Princeton Township police were helping detour southbound motorists off Route 206 at Province Line Road, while Lawrence police were detouring northbound traffic off Route 206 at Carter Road.
This story will be updated as additional information about the accident becomes available.