HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Route 206 traffic in both directions was shut down for five hours Friday afternoon after a car crossed the center line near the intersection of New Amwell Road and hit two more vehicles, killing the 77-year-old driver. identified by police as township resident Shobha Contractor.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers and a passenger in the other two vehicles were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/New Brunswick with non-life threatening injuries, according to Hillsborough Police Sgt. Jeremy Cuomo, who provided the following account of the incident:

The preliminary investigation has determined that Contractor, who was driving a 2021 BMW X3 eastbound on New Amwell Road towards Route 206 when it crossed over into the westbound lane, striking a curb shortly after 1 p.m.

Her car continued eastbound through a parking lot, where the vehicle struck another curb and went airborne before striking a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Kamlesh Bishit, 43, also a resident of Hillsborough, who was traveling south on Route 206.

Contractor's car continued east bound and struck the left rear side of a 2022 Honda Passport headed north on Route 206 driven by Michelle Hernandez, 22, of Hillsborough, who had a young child in her car. 

Contractor's car flipped over and struck a tree before coming to rest in front of a small shopping center at 409 Route 206 near Gigi's Playhouse and a Dunkin' Donuts store.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hillsborough Police Department at (908) 369-4323, ext. 7664.

Responding to the accident scene were township police, Hillsborough Fire Department Station 37, Robert Wood Johnson EMS, Hillsborough Office of Emergency Management, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction team, New Jersey Department of Transportation Emergency Traffic Diversion team and the New Jersey Medical Examiner's Office.