Dump truck driver remains in critical condition after Parkway accident

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Photo by Bill Barlow/ Emergency personnel respond to the accident Friday, May 23. Photo by Bill Barlow/ Emergency personnel respond to the accident Friday, May 23. BEESLEY’S POINT—A Tuckerton man was still in critical condition Tuesday, May 27, four days after the dump truck he was driving went over the rails of the Garden State Parkway and fell 75 feet into the Great Egg Harbor Bay. 

Theodore Parillo, 50, was identified as the driver of the truck by Trooper Alina Spies of the New Jersey State Police. On Tuesday, Spies said that the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Red Dog Trucking of Egg Harbor city was identified as the vehicle’s operator. 

Witnesses at the scene Friday, May 23, said the truck lost control and tumbled over the guardrail at milemarker 29, falling to the water next to a construction barge. Other witnesses confirmed that the rear of the truck hit the guardrail, and toppled over the side, sinking in the deep water around 2:30 p.m.

Jason Armbruster of Blackwood, who was working on the nearby barge at the time, said he and another worker, Aaron Grace, entered the water and smashed the dump truck’s windshield with a hammer to free Parillo. Armbuster was handed a knife, which he used to cut Parillo’s seatbelt, while Grace held the driver above water, then pulled Parillo up by his belt.

Parillo was flown to the trauma center at AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center City Campus in Atlantic City, where he remained in critical condition Tuesday, Spies said.
The accident closed southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway that afternoon so crime scene and fatal accident teams could investigate the scene.

 

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