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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.

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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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Bobby Vans August 29, 2012 at 03:54 AM
"EMS workers from Monroe and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital also responded to the crash." And where would 1 of 10 ambulances in this town be? Not staffed? No volunteers? Looks like emergency services in this town should be reevaulated.
ReallySB August 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Well I think you should rephrase your comment to ems services it seems the fd had people there.
Sal Brunswick August 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
South Brunswick has paid ems during the day--they were on another call. Someone died and that's what you are worried about?
raymond Weis September 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Sorry for the late response speciffically to Bobby Vans. In the minutes before this accident was toned out there were two other calls that were responded to. Realizing that a minimum crew for an ambulance is two people and that the three squads in town between them have about eighty people total to staff 24-7-365 days a year you can begin to understand why sometimes we have to go out of town to get help. While we have 10 ambulances you also have to remember that they all may not be in service at any given time (maintenance repairs etc) If you would really like to see the local service improve, (which we sure would) you can feel free to come out and volunteer your time to make it better. You also must remember that we can go all day without a call and then get five or six of them in five minutes. There is no way to anticipate call types and numbers. In closing I again invite you to join us and be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.
Bobby Vans September 03, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I can understand needing help sometimes. It would be wrong to say every EMS agency handles 100% of their volume, which is why things such as mutual aid exist. However it seems more and more South Brunswick relies on it's neighbors, especially during the daytime hours despite a paid unit in town, too often. This is by no way means a slant against volunteers themselves, as I respect what they do and why they do it. That being said, staffing isn't a constant with volunteers. Sometimes they can staff up to capacity, and at others can barely staff one. Calling 911 and having an ambulance respond in a TIMELY manner seems like it's almost a roll of the dice as to when and who you'll have show up at your door. Not to mention Kingston, who in recent years has dropped more and more calls then they have probably taken. The system is failing, and unfortunately I feel the time of mainly relying on volunteers as come and gone. The answer to the problem is not more volunteers. "Recruiting and Retaining" has been tried by every squad under the sun and it has proven to fail time and time again. Why not look to the North and South of our borders and look at what Princeton and N. Brunswick have done to provide adequate coverage to their residences. They’ve kept their long tradition of volunteering while supplementing with paid staff. It seems not all the options for this town have been looked on when it comes to EMS.
Rocky September 03, 2012 at 08:30 PM
A couple of months ago I was home alone in Kingston and collapsed on my kitchen floor with several abdominal pain. I grabbed my cell phone, crawled to the front door to unlock it and proceeded to call 911, then my husband. A SB police officer showed up and my husband within 5 minutes, however, we waited 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. Why the wait? We were told there was one ambulance available in SB and it was on another call so they contacted Princeton EMS and we still waited. After this time my husband finally asked the police officer to contact Princeton Plainsboro hospital to have them send an ambulance which is what ended up happening. My ailment ended me in the hospital for a week but all I could say is thank God it wasn't a heart attack because I probably would of been dead!
Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 06:42 PM
See this is a perfect example of how the ems system in south brunswick should be changed. If you want to see a change please write your mayor a letter, this is unfair to the residents of south brunswick.
Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thats what we should be worried about, someone died and there was no ambulance. How are you not worried about that?
Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Yes the fire department had people not all fire department members are medically trained. Also the fire department doesn't have vehicles to transport patients in.
Eric Tender September 05, 2012 at 06:45 PM
But you only have one staffed ambulance during the day, volunteers are unreliable during the day because most work....
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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