Manchester, NJ — A dump truck driver escaped a crash without injury Wednesday morning after a Manchester Township police officer’s quick instructions prevented the driver from being shocked by live wires on his truck.
Jason Emme, 25, of Bayville, was southbound on Route 539 Wednesday morning in a Lakehurst Public Works dump truck about 8:45 a.m. when his truck left the road and hit the utility pole near Cherry Street, Manchester Capt. Todd Malland said.
The crash snapped the utility pole, causing live electrical wires to fall on the truck, Malland said.
Manchester Patrolman Rich Chevrier was northbound on Route 539 and was about 500 feet from the truck when he saw sparks as the truck hit the pole, Malland said. Chevrier stopped and using the public address system on his patrol car, told Emme to stay inside the dump truck because of the live wires, he said.
A Lakehurst public works dump truck is covered in wires after a crash. Manchester Township Police Department photos
A JCP&L crew was called and cut power to the wires so Emme could get out of the truck, Malland said. Emme did not suffer any injuries as a result of the crash, he said.