Rush hour fatal accident ties up major highway

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - A 73-year-old Pleasantville man died in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning, July 30, according to Hamilton Township police.

The accident forced police to close the eastbound lanes of Route 322 for five hours while officers investigated the crash and cleanup crews cleared the highway.

The victim, Al Nelson, was the sole occupant of a 1998 Volvo tractor truck that went off the road and overturned, police said. He was dead when police arrived.

According to Hamilton police, Nelson was driving westbound on Route 322 when he went off the road around 7:32 a.m. between Weymouth Road and Malaga Road.

Nelson crossed over the eastbound lanes and traveled up an embankment before striking several trees. The vehicle then overturned.

Nelson was driving a truck owned by Palmisano Delivery Service Inc. of Egg Harbor Township.

Members of the Weymouth and Mizpah fire departments, Township of Hamilton Rescue, AtlantiCare, the New Jersey state medical examiner, New Jersey State Police Transportation Safety Bureau and New Jersey Department of Transportation assisted.

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