GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N. J. (CBS) – One person died after a two-car crash on Route 30 in Atlantic County Thursday morning.
The accident happened near Avenue A in Galloway Township where police say the driver, of an eastbound Pontiac Sunfire crossed the center line around 9 a.m. and crashed head on into a 2011 Chevy Tahoe owned by Atlantic County and driven by Darren Dooley from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office. The Tahoe overturned.
Police say Dooley was injured and taken to the hospital, the driver of the Pontiac Sunfire, Vanessa L. English of Galloway Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say officers were actually on their way to this stretch of the roadway before the crash.
“We received a call of an erratic driver and prior to police arriving in the area, the vehicle crossed the center lane and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction,” said Galloway Township Police Lieutenant Paul Dooner.
Matthew Lubas works at the car wash nearby and says he noticed the Sunfire.
“It was like gradual swerves in and out of the left, westbound, eastbound. And from what I seen, she was in the westbound lane when she hit the SUV. Not a good sight,” said Lubas.
The roadway was shut down for hours. Kathy Sacco lives on Avenue A. She didn’t hear the crash but saw the cars in the roadway as she left for work.
“You couldn’t even tell the SUV was an SUV, the one that was upside down, it was horrible,” said Sacco.
She’s lived here for fifteen years and says she’s amazed she’s never been hit driving on or off Route 30 at her street. She says traffic moves very fast.
“We need more lights along this road,” Sacco said.
According to police, Dooley is said to be in table condition.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office is not commenting. Galloway Township Police are handling the investigation.