Disabled Truck Hits Cop Car Before Closing Schooley's Mountain

Police chief taken for x-rays Monday afternoon.

A disabled truck on Schooley's Mountain closed the county roadway Monday afternoon, sending traffic in both directions through detours in the area.

The truck was spread across both lanes of travel in the area of "Big Turn," according to Lt. Doug Compton. The notorious hairpin turn is just north of the municipal building, located at 43 Schooley's Mountain Road. 

The tractor-trailer's driver was unfamiliar with the area, Compton said, and got his vehicle stuck on the turn, with the vehicle coming to rest across both lanes.

When Washington Township Police Chief Michael Bailey arrived on the scene from the south end, he tried going around the truck to block off traffic, Compton said. As he began moving, the truck driver attempted to move the tractor-trailer, which then slid back down the steep road, hitting the patrol car. 

Bailey was taken for x-rays for a leg injury. The patrol car sustained damage but did not need to be towed away, Compton said. 

Motorists heading north were detoured onto Fairview Avenue and then to Naughright Road. Drivers heading south were taken onto Camp Washington Road and out to Naughright Road. 

Compton said road conditions were not an issue. The road was completely reopened shortly after 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. The truck became disabled at 12:20 p.m.

The truck was impounded at the Washington Township Department of Public Works, and an investigation is being conducted by the New Jersey State Police Tuesday into the vehicle's proper registration and inspection. 

Are you being detoured? Did you see the truck get stuck on the road? Send us your photos!
Linda December 09, 2013 at 03:33 PM
WHEN are trucks going to be banned from Schooley's Mtn Road? This is happening way to often!
MaryLynn Schiavi December 09, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Linda, The answer is sadly when there are enough catastrophes and deaths to prompt the town and the county to put a sign up -- a big sign with yellow blinking lights on both sides of the mountain with enough notice so they can take an alternate route to 206 or route 31.
Demsey Dustbunny December 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
route them on middle valley rd! HA!
Mark December 11, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Trucks are already banned from this road but they disregard the law and it is not enforced by any authority.
Hookerman December 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I doubt very much that trucks are banned if there's a sign telling them to user low gear. I believe someone pointed out that Rte 517 is a county road, and therefore the town cannot legally ban trucks from Schooleys Mtn Rd.


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