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Man Pulled from Mangled SUV After East Windsor Crash

Motorist was bleeding but conscious when taken to an area hospital, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters had to cut a man from a wrecked BMW after he ran a stop sign and slammed into a utility truck at the intersection of Route 33 and Airport Road Monday, officials said.

The BMW’s driver, Victor Tang, 19, of West Windsor had his legs pinned inside and firefighters had to cut the roof and doors off the SUV, said East Windsor Fire Company No. 1 Chief Kevin Brink. He was conscious but bleeding when he was transported to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center at Fuld in Trenton. 

Brink said the extrication took longer than normal, about 20 to 25 minutes, because of how mangled the car was.

“The whole driver’s side was smashed in. The car was hit so hard that the wheels broke on the car,” Brink said.

Police said Tang was driving on Airport Road around 4 p.m. when he pulled out directly in front of the Met-Ed utility truck, which was going east on Route 33 (also known as Mercer Street). There is a stop sign on Airport Road at the intersection with Route 33, police said.

The extent of Tang’s injuries was not released.

The driver of the utility truck, Donald Schreck Jr., 54, of Windgap, Pa., and the passenger, Joshua Clinton, 40, of Center Valley, Pa., were not injured, police said.

Met-Ed is a First Energy Company, which also operates Jersey Central Power & Light.

According to First Energy spokesman Peter Johner, Tang ran a stop sign before crashing into the Met-Ed truck. The company was 

“We’re hoping he’s [Tang] okay,” Johner said.

Mercer Street was closed from Route 130 to Summit Street while the crash scene was cleared.

“All the fire companies did a great job. East Windsor No. 1, East Windsor No. 2 and Hightstown all worked well together to get the patient out of the car,” Brink said.

Police said the crash remains under investigation by the township’s Traffic Safety Unit and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

This article was updated at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

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Pamela Baur July 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Bad intersection, especially for those trying to turning left onto Mercer St. There should be a light.
Mark Klatkskin July 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Agreed....A light is needed!
Just Saying July 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Very bad intersection. I am surprised there are not more of these types of accidents at that intersection. Traffic traveling on Mercer street is constantly being cutoff by traffic turning from Airport road. They really need to do something. They either need a traffic light or a traffic circle. But they need to do it fast before someone is killed.
Not surprised July 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I have lived in the area since the 1970's. There was supposed to be a traffic light there many years ago. When asked about it, I was told the light by Home Depot helps to regulate the traffic and there was no need. Way before the Centex homes were built Airport road was also supposed to be extended to US Route 130. Now that there are hundreds of more cars coming out of that intersection - guess there are more important things for the mayor to be seen in photos of. By the way, I talk from experience. My family had been involved in an accident in that same intersection.
Suzanne Schafer-Coates July 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I arrived at the intersection shortly after the accident while the First Responders were still arriving, and the driver was still in the car. I had never seen such a smashed car. Can't believe the driver survived; so glad he did. That is a tough intersection. Until a traffic light gets installed (ever?) drivers entering from Airport Road need PATIENCE!
whatever41 July 31, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Glad he's alive, besides running the stop sign appears speed was also a factor. Agreed traffic light is needed.
Leslie Bianczik July 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
How can you say "appears speed was a factor"? The car is that badly mangled because he was t-boned by a large utility truck. Not sure there necessarily needs to be a light at that intersection. But, it sure would help if they could square up the intersection so it's not at such an awkward angle.
Jake July 31, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Speed is always a factor, two stopped vehicles tend not to collide.
whatever41 August 01, 2012 at 01:41 PM
So the utility truck aimed at the SUV or the SUV driver was suicidal? Depending on the point of impact they can pretty well decide on who was in the wrong. It's amazing that guy is alive.
Gerald Ford August 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
As one who uses that intersection frequently, I can attest that it is very difficult to navigate. If one abides by the law and stops at the STOP sign, then the sight lines both ways are very limited. One must then crawl forward to get a clear picture as to any oncoming traffic. I suppose that this might be considered "running a stop sign" if an accident occurs. I really wonder why this intersection was not improved some years ago when Airport Road was widened. It has been an obvious hazard for a long time. I would certainly hope at this time that East Windsor officials will work with NJDOT and do everything possible to improve the situation before another serious accident. It is hard to believe that the current design meets any reasonable professional standards for safety and traffic management.
Torry Watkins August 01, 2012 at 07:15 PM
At the Rte 33 Corridor Study meeting, the planners were well aware of the need for a fix, but that is obviously years away. I spoke at the meeting and said that we need a short term fix right now. Rte 33 is a State responsibility, and Sen Greenstein and Assemblymen De Angelo and Benson need to hear from us on that. .That intersection is a tragedy waiting to happen and we can't wait.
george August 05, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Regardless of whether the SUV driver stopped at the STOP sign or not, which we do not know as of yet, I don't think it's appropriate to say that the SUV "slammed into a utility truck," because from the above photos of this article, it appears that the body of the SUV has been hit badly, but the front wasn't damaged. It is obvious that the utility truck slammed into the center body part of the SUV. In my own opinion, the content where it says "slammed into a utility truck" should be revised.

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