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Manchester Head-On Leaves Senior Critically Injured

A Manchester 72-year-old clings to life in a Trenton trauma center, a day after his car collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on Route 70 in the township.

Car driven by John Jones of Manchester in Tuesday crash on Route 70 (Manchester Police Dept.)
Car driven by John Jones of Manchester in Tuesday crash on Route 70 (Manchester Police Dept.)

Police said the car driven by John Jones veered across the center line from the eastbound to westbound lanes near mile marker 34.5 at about 12:33 PM, into the path of a semi driven by William Nortei, 53, of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, investigators determined. Field reports said that Jones’s car boomeranged backwards into the eastbound lanes while Nortei’s truck hurtled to a stop on the same side.

Truck driven by William Nortei of Texas in Tuesday crash on Route 70 (Manchester Police Dept.)
Truck driven by William Nortei of Texas in Tuesday crash on Route 70 (Manchester Police Dept.)

According to police, Whiting volunteer firefighters were forced to extricate Jones from the mangled Nissan Altima. He was flown to Helen Fould Hospital with internal injuries.

Investigators ask anyone who might have seen the crash, or have information that can help their probe, to call 732-657-2009, extension 4400.

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