(Updated at 5 p.m.)
WEST ORANGE, NJ -- Interstate 280 eastbound in West Orange was shut down for several hours Tuesday for an investigation of a serious accident that occurred just before 10:30 a.m. on the highway near the Mt. Pleasant Avenue exit. Traffic reports also noted that one westbound lane of I-280 in West Orange was closed.
Two state troopers sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the New Jersey State Police. Another trooper sustained minor injuries.
According to Breaking News Network (BNN), which reports emergency radio activity, the accident involved multiple vehicles near eastbound Exit 9 occurred. BNN also reported that one firefighter was among the muiltiple victims injured in the incident.
According to New Jersey State Police, at 10:22 a.m., a dump truck struck two troopers who were outside of their patrol cars in the eastbound lanes of I-280 at milepost 9.8. Mutiple pedestrians were reportedly among those injured as well.
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Some of the injured were transported to University Hospital in Newark and others to St. Michael's Hospital in Newark, according to BNN. There was no report on the exact number of people injured, or on the severity of the injuries.
Acting Governor Sheila Oliver released a statement on Tuesday morning after visiting the New Jersey State Troopers in the hospital.
“Our thoughts are with the State Troopers, fire personnel, EMS professionals, and pedestrians who were injured in this morning’s incident along Interstate 280, when a dump truck plowed into the site of an earlier accident," she said. "While this is an ongoing investigation, it should remind us all of the dangers our first responders can encounter while performing their jobs on our roadways. We wish all of those injured a speedy recovery. We will continue to pray for them all.”
This evening, Eddie Donnelly, president of the New Jersey FMBA, posted the following on the NJ FMBA Facebook page:
Brothers and Sisters,
Our West Orange Locals has had a tough day. I am happy to let you know all Firefighters and State Troopers are alive.
Some are in very serious condition and will require a long road to recovery.
As of now, 4 of the 5 Firefighters are home from the hospital and the last firefighter is now conscious.
The outpouring of calls, texts and emails have been overwhelming!
I have been at the hospital with local 28 and 228 members for most of the afternoon.
Please keep our brothers from West Orange and NJSP in your prayers.
I want to personally thank our NJ FMBA critical incident team, who was in West Orange to help our members through this tragic event.
Thank you to all the locals that provided mutual aid today and if anyone needs any assistance please reach out to your District VP.