On-duty Hamilton officer involved in Route 40 crash

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Courtesy of the Township of Hamilton Police Department / Officer James Longo was doing traffic enforcement on State Highway 40 when his SUV was struck by vehicle operated by David McAvaddy, 41, of Egg Harbor Township. Courtesy of the Township of Hamilton Police Department / Officer James Longo was doing traffic enforcement on State Highway 40 when his SUV was struck by vehicle operated by David McAvaddy, 41, of Egg Harbor Township.

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – A Township of Hamilton police officer and an Egg Harbor Township motorist were injured this morning (Friday, April 25) in a motor vehicle crash on Route 40 in the township’s Mizpah section.

Officer James Longo was doing traffic enforcement on State Highway 40 near milepost 42 when his patrol SUV was struck by vehicle operated by David McAvaddy, 41, of Egg Harbor Township.

Police said it was at 12:18 a.m. McAvaddy was traveling east on Route 40 and Officer Longo was traveling west when McAvaddy’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck Longo’s marked patrol SUV. 

The SUV came to rest on the westbound shoulder facing east.  McAvaddy’s vehicle traveled several hundred feet before coming to rest in the front yard of a residence.  

Longo was transported by the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ACRMC) Atlantic City Campus. 

McAvaddy was extricated from his vehicle and airlifted by New Jersey State Police med-evac helicopter to the ACRMC trauma unit in Atlantic City.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and neither driver sustained life-threatening injuries, police said.

A section of Route 40 between Landis and Estelle Avenue was shut down for about three hours while the accident was being cleared.

Assisting at the scene were the Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad, Mizpah and Mays Landing volunteer fire companies, AtlantiCare Paramedics, New Jersey State Police from Buena Barracks and the New Jersey State Police med-evac helicopter. 

The investigation is being conducted by Officer Wade Smith and Detective Frank Schalek.

 

 


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