HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A driver heading north on Route 206 veered off the road, crossed over the southbound lane of the busy state highway and wedged itself between the stanchions of a sign at the K-Fuel gas station.
The air bags inside the vehicle deployed; the unidentified driver was taken to an area hospital. There were no other passengers. The condition of the driver was unknown, according to police.
The impact of the collision with the sign scattered several concrete blocks that had formed its base; the debris field, which spread across the grassy area between the gas station and an auto body shop, also included car parts from the Toyota Matrix hatchback, electric wires and a panel that was wrenched free from the sign, which had posted gas prices.
No other vehicles were involved in the incident, which occurred early Sunday afternoon.
It was the second motor vehicle crash on Route 206 within 48 hours.
On Friday, traffic in both directions on Route 206 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.