SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Parents arriving at the JCC this afternoon could have been forgiven for thinking that a new parking policy has been instituted when they found an 18 wheeler flatbed truck up on the front lawn, blocking the entrance from Marine Avenue. Joe Maloney, of Tom Krutis Excavating, had passed out from an unknown medical condition, crossed over the center line and crashed into the concrete abutment at the entrance to the JCC.
“It really could have been a whole lot worse,” said Tom Krutis, co owner of the excavating company located in Linden. “We are very thankful that no other people were involved and the only damage appears to be to the cab of the truck.”
Police, Fire, Union County Haz Mat and Scotch Plains Rescue Squad all responded to the accident. The driver sustained only minor injuries and is still in the hospital, awaiting the results of drug and alcohol testing, and other medical tests to determine why he passed out.
“I really don’t understand it,” said Krutis. “Joe has worked for us for nearly three years, and had just passed his mandatory CDL physical and drug tests. Maybe this will uncover some unknown health issue and end up being a blessing in disguise. He is currently awake, but has no memory of what happened.”
Scotch Plains Police have not yet released their report on the accident.