Updated: As of around 3pm on 9/19, Hopewell Township Police Department indicated that the damaged truck has been removed and DOT has made repairs to the guardrail. The road is now open to traffic.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:22am, Hopewell Township Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Route 29, approximately one tenth of a mile north of Washington Crossing Pennington Road/County Route 546. Officers arrived and found that a Peterbilt tractor trailer dump truck had struck the southbound guardrail and flipped on its side, coming to rest off of the roadway near the D & R Canal. The driver Allen Anthony (75 years of age from Stewartsville) was not injured.
Route 29 in the area of the crash scene remains closed to traffic at this time. The New Jersey State Police Traffic Incident Management Unit has Route 29 traffic being detoured onto County Routes 546, 579 and 518 around the crash scene.
State DEP representatives are also scene as a precaution due to the truck’s diesel fuel.
Route 29 is expected to be closed for several hours as the truck is removed. State DOT personnel will also be performing tree work and will be repairing a large section of guardrail.
Investigation into the crash has revealed that Mr. Anthony was traveling Route 29 southbound when he swerved to avoid a large tree in the southbound lane of travel causing him to strike the guardrail and the vehicle to flip on its side. The roadway is one lane in each direction. No other vehicles were involved.
The crash is being investigated by Officer Sara Erwin.