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Woman Airlifted After Head-On Crash on Route 206

All lanes were closed in Chester Township for nearly three hours Thursday.

A tractor-trailer and another vehicle collided on Route 206 in Chester Township Thursday afternoon, closing the roadway for nearly three hours.

Diane Provencher, 47, of Columbia (Warren County), was heading southbound on the roadway when she crossed over the center line, striking a tractor-trailer, Chester Township Police Chief Wayne Martini said.

Piotr Sobilo, 39, of New York, N.Y., was driving the 18-wheeler, which jack-knifed and ended up in the woods alongside Route 206. Provencher was extricated from the vehicle and flown to Morristown Medical Center, Martini said.

Sobilo was not injured in the crash, Martini said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, Martini said. It was not immediately known the severity of Provencher's injuries.

Chester and Peapack-Gladstone Fire Departments assisted at the scene, along with Chester First Aid. The crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. just south of Colby Road in Chester Township.

Mr T January 21, 2013 at 12:58 AM
So Larry, I just did some research and turns out no trucks are illegal on state roads in NJ since 2006. Here is an article I copied from nj.gov; On February 21, 2006, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals found New Jersey’s large truck routing regulations unconstitutional and NJDOT has repealed these rules and replaced them with regulations that re-established the truck routing restrictions that were in place before 1999. These regulations were adopted on June 22, 2006. You seem to know the law well, but i guess you didn't know that it doesnt exist anymore.
LV Taxpayer January 21, 2013 at 01:47 AM
You guy wanna go on about trucks---- What about all the trucks traversing Schooley's Mountain? Talk about a tragedy waiting to happen!
LV Taxpayer January 21, 2013 at 01:52 AM
The Mountain has a weight limit for trucks. Cops wouldn't pull over trucks that they suspected of exceeding that limit because then they would then have to escort the truck to a weigh station in Mt. Olive to determine if it was indeed over weight. Several years ago, they changed the law to where, now if a truck was RATED at a certain weight, that was the weight at which it would be prohibited from entering certain roadways. But the same trucks seem to be traversing the Mountain freely. Why?
Larry M January 21, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Hi Mr. T. You make some good points and I really don't want to argue with you, this really isn't a good forum. One of my original posts has the current truck regulations now in effect. http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/about/rules/pdf/chapter32truckaccess.pdf - Ironically it expires tomorrow? Yes, the original 1999 truck ban was repelled and then replaced with an equally restrictive statewide law (Above) that was non-discriminatory to NJ and Non-NJ trucks. 206 is covered in this as are other secondary roads. So, There are currently large truck regulations in effect in NJ. I have complemented truckers in general a few times here. I will say it again, the truckers are safer drivers than many of the automobile drivers. I see a lot of people on cell phones, drinking sodas, etc too. They are the most dangerous, no doubt, and we have not even talked about the deer problem! Its a dangerous road and we should leave it at this, we should do whatever can be done to make it less dangerous.
Mac May 30, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I moved to Chester in 1975...while looking for a home there was a big gas truck jack knifed with a gas spill right at the intersection of 206 and Main street by Larison's. Since then there have been too many casualties on 206...people not stopping when a car is making a turn and rear ending the stopped car and 206 is not wide enough for these large tractor trailers to be on. There is NO room for error on this road. It's bad enough driving on the road with only cars, let alone huge trucks. This road was bad enough in 1975 when Chester was a small town, but 206 has outgrown any safety that may have been there as Chester grew and grew and grew. I avoid 206 as much as I possibly can, and take back roads as much as possible.

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