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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – A 60-year-old Virginia man suffered a critical leg harm Tuesday following a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike after the automobile he was driving in grew to become disabled and he was standing beside it because it was struck by one other automobile.

And Alex Petruccio of Pennington, a towing operator for Deal with’s Storage and Mackey Towing on Route 130 in Windsor, who responded to the scene of the disabled automobile, needed to react rapidly when the opposite automobile all of the sudden swerved into the shoulder, hit one other automobile and the guardrail and into Petruccio and the passenger within the disabled automobile, whose leg was severed within the crash.

Petruccio mentioned he had to assist cease the bleeding whereas additionally calming the motive force of the automobile.

State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele mentioned the crash was reported at about 5:40 p.m. on the southbound roadway close to mile marker 76.eight.

He mentioned a flatbed was within the left shoulder loading a disabled Honda Civic. He mentioned the passenger of the Civic was exterior the automobile behind it when a Buick Century struck the again of a Jeep Cherokee within the left lane after which struck the disabled Civic and struck the pedestrian, who suffered critical accidents.

He mentioned the reason for the crash stays beneath investigation.

At about 5 p.m., Petruccio received a name a couple of automobile with mechanical issues on the southbound interior automobile lane on the left shoulder close to the quick lane of the Turnpike.

Petruccio mentioned the towing firm he works for repeatedly tows automobiles from the Turnpike.

He pulled out in entrance of the white four-door Civic, which he discovered surprisingly was within the left shoulder, subsequent to the quickest lane of visitors. 

“I work nearly each night time,” mentioned Petruccio, including most automobiles pull over to the appropriate shoulder by the slowest lane of visitors.

He mentioned the disabled automobile, which had Virginia license plates, had a lady driver and man because the passenger. He mentioned the lady described the 2 as associates. 

Petruccio mentioned he instructed each the motive force and passenger they had been going to get into his truck. When he did not see any automobiles within the quick lane, he instructed the lady and man to get into his truck. He noticed the lady enter the truck, and thought the person adopted proper behind her, however he didn’t.  

Petruccio mentioned he was making an attempt to keep away from being uncovered to the visitors within the quick lane as effectively. He had pulled his truck near the barrier, activating his emergency lights in an effort to get drivers to decelerate and concentrate.

Because the automobiles had been passing, Petruccio mentioned he heard a scream and a bang earlier than seeing a automobile heading straight towards him. He yelled to the person to maneuver earlier than the oncoming automobile struck the Civic and Petruccio ended up on the mattress of his truck. Whereas he did not get hit, he mentioned the person from the Civic wasn’t as fortunate – one in all his legs from the knee down had been torn off within the crash.

“He was making an attempt to rise up,” mentioned Petruccio, including each he and the passenger from the automobile had been on the mattress of the truck.

“I do not know if he tried to leap however his leg received minimize off between the automobile and the mattress of the truck. The leg was utterly separated. I ran to the cab of the truck and instructed the woman to name 911,” he mentioned. 

He mentioned the motive force of the automobile that struck the person stopped. Petruccio mentioned he instructed the motive force to take his belt off and he used it to tie across the injured man’s leg to create a makeshift tourniquet and forestall him from bleeding out. He additionally used paper towels to use strain to the person’s leg.

He additionally contacted Turnpike officers who in flip contacted state police.

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He mentioned the lady helped him with the paper towels and one other motorist stopped and assisted with the tourniquet and making use of strain to the wound.

“I had no gloves. I could not not do one thing,” Petruccio mentioned.

He mentioned whereas he was on the cellphone with state police telling them a medical helicopter was wanted, he mentioned drivers had been wanting over on the crash scene and slamming on their brakes.

He mentioned one other driver, who had a medical bag, additionally stopped to help. He mentioned a helicopter landed across the identical time an ambulance arrived. The injured man was placed on a backboard and brought to the helicopter to be transported to Robert Wooden Johnson College Hospital in New Brunswick.

On Thursday, Peter Haigney, hospital spokesman, mentioned the sufferer remained on the hospital.

Petruccio mentioned he needed to slide the truck’s mattress ahead whereas one other man grabbed the severed leg and introduced it to the helicopter. Petruccio mentioned he went to the state police barracks to provide a report.

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As he went to depart the barracks, Petruccio mentioned a trooper shook his hand and instructed him if he had not responded the best way he did the person may not have survived.

“I am so glad I used to be in a position to focus and react. It may have been me. It was fairly loopy,” he mentioned. “It was a horrible state of affairs, however that man is so fortunate. The correct of individuals had been there on the proper time.” 

Suzanne Russell covers crime, courts and different types of mayhem from all through the Central Jersey space for the USA Immediately Community New Jersey. Contact her at srussell@gannettnj.com.

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