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Bridgewater Woman Killed in Old York Road Car Crash


BRIDGEWATER, NJ - A Bridgewater woman was killed in a car crash Wednesday morning after her vehicle struck a county recycling truck at the corner of Old York and Milltown roads.

Lisa Rabke, 54, was traveling east on Old York Road in a 2005 Honda Odyssey when she struck the rear of a Somerset County Recycling Truck that was stopped on Old York Road around 8:06 a.m.

The truck was being operated by Somerset County employee Marvin Rodriguez, 34. According to a release from Bridgewater Township Police, it is unknown why Rabke's vehicle struck the truck.

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According to the release, Somerset County employee Eric Ellis, 51, had just finished loading recycling materials into the truck from a house on Old York Road and was stepping back into the truck when it was rear ended. Ellis sustained a non life-threatening head injury, and was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

Rabke was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick by New Jersey State Police Medevac Helicopter, where she died from her injuries.

The intersection of Milltown and Old York roads was closed for more than four hours during the investigation, and has since reopened.

The Bridgewater Township Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau and the Somerset County Crash Analysis and Reconstruction Team will continue to investigate the crash.

Any witnesses can contact Bridgewater Township Traffic Safety Officer Jason Daunton at 908-722-4111, ext.  4174.

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