Glassboro man killed when tractor-trailer overturns in Quinton

Submitted by New Jersey Truck Crash Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark

Overturned Tractor Trailer

Crews prepare to right a tractor-trailer that overturned early Monday morning and killed the driver on Telegraph Road in Quinton Township.

QUINTON TWP. — A Glassboro man was killed when he apparently lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving and the vehicle overturned early Monday morning, state police said.

The accident occurred around 6:39 a.m. on Telegraph Road, also known as County Route 540, between Cool Run Road and Harmersville-Pecks Corner Road.

The driver who died was identified as Kristophe Hartung, 39, according to New Jersey State Police Captain Stephen Jones.

Hartung was driving a white International tractor cab. The truck was from the U.S. foods Co. and was carrying frozen food, according to police.

Hartung was heading eastbound on Telegraph Road when he apparently ran off the right side of the roadway, police said. He is then believed to have made a hard left turn, but overcompensated, and the vehicle overturned, slid across the westbound lanes, sheared off a utility pole and came to rest off the side of the road. The vehicle was turned in a westbound direction.

The cab of the tractor-trailer was heavily damaged and Hartung was trapped inside, police said. A medial examiner pronounced Hartung dead at the scene.

Among the emergency crews on the scene were the Quinton Fire Co., fire police, and county road and emergency management officials.

Route 540 was closed down in the area of the accident for several hours as crews  uprighted the tractor-trailer and removed it from the scene.

A Verizon truck was at the scene towing a trailer with a new utility pole to replace the broken one.

Hartung was alone in the truck at the time of the accident, police said.

Along with the New Jersey State Police, the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the accident.

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Jeffrey Hark is a New Jersey Civil and Criminal Lawyer.

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