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UPDATE: South Brunswick Woman Killed in Ridge Road Accident

A 67-year-old township woman was killed this morning and two men were injured following a motor vehicle accident on Ridge Road.

4:15 p.m.

A township woman was killed and two Kendall Park men were injured following a motor vehicle accident on Ridge Road this morning.

Elsie Casey, 67, of South Brunswick, died after the car she was driving was struck by a Toyota SUV in the intersection of Ridge Road and Route 522.

At 10:15 a.m., Casey was driving a 2001 Mercury Sable as she entered the intersection and was struck by a 2009 Toyota Rav 4, driven by Henry Eichler, 69, of Kendall Park, who was headed west on Route 522.

Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that Casey drove through a red light, which led to the crash. 

Following the collision, Eichler‘s vehicle ended up resting on the concrete divider, while Casey’s car was pushed into the westbound lanes of Route 522. The Monmouth Junction Fire Department responded to the scene and was forced to extricate Casey from her vehicle using the Jaws-of-Life.

Casey, Eichler and his passenger, John Blech, 59, also of Kendall Park, were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Casey was pronounced dead at 11:17 a.m. 

Eichler remains under observation in the emergency room, while Blech is listed in serious condition. 

The accident is still under investigation by the South Brunswick Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau.

Ridge Road was closed for approximately 90 minutes during the investigation. 

EMS workers from Monroe and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital also responded to the crash.


10:45 a.m.

A serious accident at the intersection of Route 522 and East Gate Blvd. this morning sent three people to the hospital, one with critical injuries.

At approximately 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, a Toyota SUV collided with a Mercury four-door sedan in the intersection of the roadway, according to South Brunswick Police spokesman Sgt. Jim Ryan.

The Mercury was heavily damaged in the crash and the female driver had to be extricated by emergency workers. The woman was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick suffering from life threatening injuries.

The other driver and his passenger were also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The roadway is expected to be closed until later this afternoon.

The Monmouth Junction Fire Department, Kendall Park Fire Department, Monroe Township EMS and paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson responded to the scene.

Motorists are urged to plan an alternate route.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.


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Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I agree with you Davy Jones should publish an article on EMS in south brunswick and whether or not its failing.....
Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I agree withBooby Vans needs to be reevaluated
Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 07:00 PM
There has been no change with the ems system a few major changes need to be made and until multiple people stand up and complain nothing is going to happen. The problem is people feel safe knowing when they call 911 an ambulance will show up, and as you can see rocky didnt have the best experience, hopefully that mutual aid ambulance treated you with respect and took into consideration your wait. But far to many south brunswick residences are fooled by our "ems" system. Thinking an ambulance with a competent crew will show up minutes after they call 911. There needs to be a changed.
Bobby Vans September 05, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I'm sorry to hear you had that experience Rocky and unfortunately it's not a story that is few and far between. This is an every day occurrence in South Brunswick and like Eric Tender stated the residences are "fooled" with the false sense of security when they call 911. Unfortunately nothing will be changed unless letters are sent to the mayor and council about such poor service and they are charged with overhauling the system. Such a shame the squads in this town have let it get to this without changing anything.
Rocky September 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Plain and simple - we need a plan B like supplementing with paid staff as Bobby mentioned but you're right, nothing will be done unless we inundate council with letters.


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