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.