SOMERSET, NJ - A Piscataway man is facing multiple charges after he fled the scene of an accident which left a commercial water tanker overturned at the intersection of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and caused a multi-car accident on Easton Avenue, according to a news release from the Franklin Township Police Department.
Police say, on August 3, 2018, at 11:43 PM the Franklin Township Police Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting an overturned vehicle in the area of JFK Blvd and Easton Avenue.
Witnesses at the scene told police the driver of the water tanker, who was later identified as Christopher Bellamy, 44, from Piscataway fled the scene on foot, according to police.
Bellamy was located on Veronica Avenue, and transported to a local area hospital for treatment, according to police.
During the investigation of the water tanker crash, officers witnessed another three-car crash on Easton Avenue, according to police.
"A 2010 Ford Edge operated by Michael Price, 53 of Monroe, stopped in traffic because of the overturned truck in the roadway," FTPD Lt. Phil Rizzo said in news release. "This caused a 2013 Nissan Altima, operated by Michael Hoagland, 28 years old of Somerset, to strike a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder."
According to police, the Pathfinder was operated by Gregory C. Wood Jr., 35 of Somerset. Wood Jr.'s Pathfinder crashed into Price's Ford Edge, police say.
Wood Jr. suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local area hospital for treatment, no charges have been filed for the crash, according to police.
"Traffic in the area was impacted for several hours during the investigation and subsequent cleanup of both crash scenes," Rizzo said in a statement. "When the tanker truck overturned, the fuel cell ruptured and caused a discharge of diesel fuel. Firefighters from Franklin Township and members of the Somerset County Hazardous Materials Team responded to the scene to address and mitigate the discharge of the fuel."
Bellamy was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash, failing to report a motor vehicle crash, operating a vehicle while on the suspended list and operating a vehicle while unlicensed, according to police.
Franklin Township: Overturned Truck on Easton Avenue
A truck overturned at the intersection of Easton Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard shortly after 11 pm Friday evening, according to a Breaking News Network alert.
Diesel fuel was leaking from the truck, and hazmat was called according to the BNN alert.
A crowd could be seen gathering around the scene, and the smell of diesel could be detected in the area.
No injuries were reported at this time. If more information becomes available this article will be updated.
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