Three people lightly injured when dump truck overturns onto car and buries it under thousands of pounds of stones after a collision on New Jersey highway

  • Truck was driving south on Route 539 in Manchester, New Jersey on Monday
  • Police say truck struck Nissan as it was making a left turn
  • Dump truck then overturned onto the car’s roof, spilling its load on top
  • The driver and a passenger were buried under thousands of pounds of stones
  • Rescuers and first responders extricated the two from under the debris

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A dump truck overturned and spilled its load of stone on top of a car in New Jersey, and authorities say the driver and a passenger had to be dug out to be rescued.

Police in Manchester Township said that 24-year-old Andrea Penna, of Whiting; and the car’s passenger, 22-year-old Kaitlyn McCabe of Lakehurst, New Jersey, were trapped underneath stone and debris after the roof of Penna’s car collapsed on top of them on Monday.

The two women sustained non-life threatening injuries, as did the driver of the dump truck, who has been identified as Tayfun Obut, 41, of Browns Mills, New Jersey.

‘Me and my neighbors grabbed a whole bunch of shovels and we came back and got to work trying to dig it out,’ rescuer Ed Otreba told WABC-TV[2].

‘I couldn’t get the car door open so I started working on that first.’

Police in Manchester Township said that 24-year-old Andrea Penna (right), of Whiting; and the car's passenger, 22-year-old Kaitlyn McCabe (left) of Lakehurst, New Jersey, were trapped underneath stone and debris after the roof of Penna's car collapsed on top of them on Monday

Police in Manchester Township said that 24-year-old Andrea Penna (right), of Whiting; and the car’s passenger, 22-year-old Kaitlyn McCabe (left) of Lakehurst, New Jersey, were trapped underneath stone and debris after the roof of Penna’s car collapsed on top of them on Monday

In this Monday, May 15, 2017, photo provided by the Manchester Township Police Department, a car is covered with gravel after a dump truck overturned in Manchester, N.J., and spilled its load on the car. Police said that 24-year-old Andrea Penna, of Whiting, N.J., was trapped underneath stone and debris after the roof of her car collapsed on top of her. Penna and her passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries, as did the driver of the dump truck. (Manchester Township Police Department via AP)

A car is covered with gravel after a dump truck overturned in Manchester, New Jersey, on Monday, and spilled its load on the car

The truck was headed south on Route 539 in Manchester Township on Monday afternoon when it police say it struck the Nissan as it was making a left turn and then overturned onto the car's roof, spilling the thousands of pounds of stones that it was hauling on top

The truck was headed south on Route 539 in Manchester Township on Monday afternoon when it police say it struck the Nissan as it was making a left turn and then overturned onto the car’s roof, spilling the thousands of pounds of stones that it was hauling on top

Andrea Penna Kaitlyn McCabe

McCabe (right) was the first to be extricated from the vehicle, but her friend, Penna (left), was still stuck

Police say the truck struck the Nissan as it was making a left turn and then overturned onto the car’s roof, spilling its load on top.

The truck was headed south on Route 539 in Manchester Township on Monday afternoon when it police say it struck the Nissan as it was making a left turn and then overturned onto the car’s roof, spilling the thousands of pounds of stones that it was hauling on top.

State police, state department of corrections employees and other motorists stopped to dig the car out.

The crash is under investigation.

In this Monday, May 15, 2017, photo provided by the Manchester Township Police Department, a car is covered with gravel after a dump truck overturned in Manchester, N.J., and spilled its load on the car. Police said that 24-year-old Andrea Penna, of Whiting, N.J., was trapped underneath stone and debris after the roof of her car collapsed on top of her.
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pPenna and her passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries, as did the driver of the dump truck. (Manchester Township Police Department via AP)

Police said that 24-year-old Andrea Penna, of Whiting, New Jersey, and her friend, Kaitlyn McCabe, 22, of Lakehurst, New Jersey, were trapped underneath before they were extricated by police, EMTs, and local passersby

Penna, the driver of the Nissan, was trapped underneath the debris longer than her friend, McCabe. '[Penna] couldn't feel her legs, she was in pain and our main priority was to get her out as quickly as we could,' said Manchester police officer Ian Bole (above)

Penna, the driver of the Nissan, was trapped underneath the debris longer than her friend, McCabe. ‘[Penna] couldn’t feel her legs, she was in pain and our main priority was to get her out as quickly as we could,’ said Manchester police officer Ian Bole (above)

'Me and my neighbors grabbed a whole bunch of shovels and we came back and got to work trying to dig it out,' rescuer Ed Otreba (above) told WABC-TV

‘Me and my neighbors grabbed a whole bunch of shovels and we came back and got to work trying to dig it out,’ rescuer Ed Otreba (above) told WABC-TV

The two women trapped under the rocks were terrified.

McCabe was the first to be extricated from the vehicle, but her friend, Penna, was still stuck.

‘She was obviously very scared, she was frightened.

She couldn’t feel her legs, she was in pain and our main priority was to get her out as quickly as we could,’ said Manchester police officer Ian Bole.

After both women were finally pulled out of the car, they were taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries not considered serious.

The women were rescued by passersby with the help of officials from Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, both the Manchester and Whiting Volunteer Fire Departments, EMTs from Quality Medical Transport, and local paramedics , according to NJ Advance Media[3].

The driver of the truck was also given medical care at the hospital.

The highway where the accident took place was closed for hours during the rescue and cleanup.

References

  1. ^ e-mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ WABC-TV (abc7ny.com)
  3. ^ NJ Advance Media (www.nj.com)

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