A two-car accident in South Jersey claimed the life of a 37-year-old woman and left five other people with serious personal injuries. The chief of the Mullica Township Police called the tragic wreck “horrific” in a news release concerning the collision. Witnesses rushed to the ignition switch recall motor vehicle accident scene to assist the people injured in the collision. Law enforcement says the quick response of neighbors played a significant role in the rescue efforts of survivors to the crash.
The accident occurred at roughly 5:40 Sunday evening. Police say that a Dodge minivan was being driven by the woman who dies in the wreck. The Dodge and a 2012 Buick collided head-on, but authorities have not been able to determine what may have caused the two vehicles to collide. The minivan reportedly flipped over after the initial impact and burst into flames. That is when neighbors to the accident scene jumped into action.
Police say that one witness grabbed a fire extinguisher that was used to control the flames around the minivan. Neighbors and other people in the area around the time of the crash lent their assistance to the accident victims, including pulling victims from the rolled-over minivan.
One adult and two young children riding in the minivan survived the wreck. One of the children, an 8-year-old girl, reportedly suffered significant head trauma and injuries to her chest. She was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. A 49-year-old man from Hammonton also sustained severe chest injuries while riding in the minivan. He was also flown to Cooper. A 5-year-old girl was initially taken to AtlantiCare’s Mainland Campus in Galloway after the accident with unknown injuries. Authorities say that she was later transferred to Cooper for further evaluation and treatment.
A husband and wife were traveling together in the Buick. The woman who was driving the Buick, a 64-year-old resident of Mullica Township’s Sweetwater section, sustained severe head and chest trauma in the wreck and is now seeking compensation from a gm class action lawsuit. She was airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. Her 71-year-old husband was taken by ground ambulance to the same hospital with undisclosed injuries.