One person was killed, and three others injured in a one-car accident that briefly closed Route 80 in Knowlton on Sunday, Sept. 18. According to New Jersey State Police (NJSP), a Toyota Venza traveling westbound near mile marker 8.4 left the roadway and hit a tree in the center median.
Firefighters from Knowlton, Hope and Portland, Pennsylvania, along with the Knowlton, Blairstown and Allamuchy-Green first aid squads, responded to the scene and found a front-seat passenger identified by NJSP as 27-year-old Jachob Brockway, of Upper Buffalo, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene with severe injuries. Despite life-saving efforts, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two rear-seat passengers were entrapped in the vehicle. Firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate them, a 28-year-old from Williamsville, New York, and a 28-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, who both sustained serious injuries. The two were airlifted to Morristown Medical Center by New Jersey State Police’s (NJSP) NorthStar and Atlantic Health’s Air One medical helicopters, which landed on the highway.
The driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old from Cheektowaga, New York, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital in East Stroudsburg. NJSP, which said the crash is still under investigation, hadn’t released the names of the victims as of press time.
The crash was the second fatal accident in Knowlton this month and the third fatal wreck on the Warren County stretch of Route 80 this year, according to NJSP statistics.