MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – Three drivers were injured in a crash on Route 22, according to a release from Mountainside Police Department’s Officer in Charge Lt. Joseph Giannuzzi.

He gave the following account of the accident, which happened at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, in the area of Route 22 East and the intersection of Lawrence Avenue.

A 2018 Ford F-350 heading West crossed through the cement divider at the intersection and began traveling the wrong way on Route 22. After crossing over, the F-350 hit an east-bound loaded tri-axel dump truck nearly head on. The tri-axel dump truck swerved to avoid the F-350 and, in doing so, side-swiped an eastbound Toyota Camry, alongside the dump truck.

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The operator of the Toyota Camry suffered serious injuries and was extricated from the vehicle. The driver was transported to Overlook Medical Center by Union County EMS.

The operator of the F-350 suffered serious injuries, had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was transported to Morristown Medical Center by Atlantic Healthcare EMS.

The operator of the dump truck was injured and transported to Overlook Medical Center by Union County EMS.

Mountainside Police are investigating the event and were assisted on scene by Mountainside Fire Department, Springfield Fire Department, Westfield Fire Department, Union County EMS, Union County Police Department, Atlantic Healthcare EMS and Union County Haz Mat.

Due to a large diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid spill from the tri-axle dump truck Route 22 East was still closed until about 6 p.m. while crews and a contractor from the State DOT cleaned up the scene.

The investigation is continuing.