2003-07-31 / Front Page

Two seriously injured in Route 130 crash

Traffic tied up for
two hours during
morning rush
By jennifer kohlhepp
Staff Writer

Two seriously injured
in Route 130 crash
Traffic tied up for
two hours during
morning rush
By jennifer kohlhepp
Staff Writer


JEFF GRANIT Middlesex resident Brian Celentano, 31, lost control of his SUV while driving on Route 130 northbound in North Brunswick last Thursday and hit Monmouth Junction resident Thomas Taddeo’s Audi, police said. Both men suffered serious injuries.JEFF GRANIT Middlesex resident Brian Celentano, 31, lost control of his SUV while driving on Route 130 northbound in North Brunswick last Thursday and hit Monmouth Junction resident Thomas Taddeo’s Audi, police said. Both men suffered serious injuries.

NORTH BRUNSWICK — Two men suffered serious injuries when an SUV flipped over another vehicle on Route 130 last week.

The accident occurred at 7 a.m. on July 24, according to police.

"I was traveling Route 130 northbound in the area of Quarry Lane, when I observed a dark-colored SUV flip across a small, grayish-color vehicle and land on its roof," Sgt. Joseph De Mattieo, an employee of the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center, who witnessed the collision, said.

According to police, Monmouth Junction resident Thomas Taddeo, 38, had to be extricated from his 1999 Audi by the North Brunswick Rescue Squad and the North Brunswick Fire Department

Taddeo’s vehicle collided with 31-year-old Middlesex resident Brian Celentano’s 2002 Explorer, when Celentano attempted a lane change from the left to the right lane, and lost directional control of his vehicle, according to police.

Police said, at the time of the accident visibility was poor, due to steady precipitation.

Police said Celentano’s vehicle crossed over the center grass median and entered the path of the Audi.

After the initial impact, the Explorer came to rest on its roof on the shoulder of the roadway, just south of Apple Orchard Lane, according to police.

"Two large chops in the pavement, and scrape marks left by the Taddeo vehicle, identified the point of maximum engagement," Traffic Safety Supervisor Sgt. Bill Kloos said.

Police closed the northbound lane of Route 130 to all non-emergency personal, and one lane in the southbound roadway, for approximately two hours, according to police.

The Middlesex County Fatal Accident Unit was also notified.

George Logan Towing of North Brunswick responded to the scene and transported the vehicles to their facility on Route 130, according to police.

Both men were transferred to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

As of Tuesday, Kloos said both men were still hospitalized, but in stable condition.


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