Soldiers Injured After Humvee Overturns On N.J. Turnpike

| by Karin Sun
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Four Army Reserve soldiers were seriously injured on April 14 when the Humvee they were traveling in overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike in South Brunswick, New Jersey. One of the soldiers had to have her leg amputated at the scene.

The Humvee was traveling southbound around 2:32 p.m. that day when a tire came off the vehicle, causing the driver to lose control and flip over, WABC reported. The tire was found on the highway about 40 feet away from the overturned vehicle.

Three male soldiers and a female soldier were injured in the crash.

The female soldier, whose leg was crushed under the vehicle, had to have her leg amputated at the scene of the accident. Two of the men were taken away on stretchers, one with a deep gash on his head. The third man suffered less severe injuries,and was walking around immediately after the crash. 

Two medevac helicopters were dispatched to the scene shortly after the accident to transport the crash victims to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, according to the NY Daily News.

The female soldier and one of the male soldiers were later listed in critical condition at the hospital.

A second military vehicle that was traveling with the Humvee was not involved in the accident, WABC reported. The soldiers in this second vehicle helped rescue the victims by jacking up the overturned Humvee and pulling out the male soldiers trapped underneath.

The soldiers in the two-vehicle caravan were from the 533rd brigade support battalion at Fort Totten in Queens, New York. Their destination was not clear, but the crash occurred 30 miles north of the Joint Base McGuire-Fort Dix in Lakehurst, New Jersey. 

Witnesses at the scene of the accident posted pictures and comments on social media.

Tarr Harris, a local man who witnessed the scene, wrote on Twitter that four soldiers were injured in the crash and a woman had to have her leg amputated, according to the NY Daily News.

"The others are hurt and receiving help right now," he wrote at the time of the crash. 

Sources: WABC, NY Daily News / Photo Credit: Michael Watsey/WABC, Tarr Harris/WABC

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