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Passenger Partially Ejected in Chimney Rock Crash

The passenger was not wearing a seat belt when driver lost control and SUV flipped, police said.

Both occupants had to be extricated from a vehicle early Friday morning when a Dodge Durango turned onto its side after the driver lost control on Chimney Rock Road.

According to Bridgewater Township Police, the driver, who has not been identified, was traveling north on Chimney Rock Road at about 12:40 a.m. when he began to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle then began to yaw, causing it to change the direction in which it was facing, and it headed off the roadway to the right.

From there, police said, the vehicle traveled up a steep incline, which acted as a ramp, and the vehicle overturned onto its driver side as it reentered the roadway.

The Durango came to rest on its driver's side, police said.

Police said the front-seat passenger, who was also not identified, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of crash, and was thrown toward the driver side of the vehicle when it overturned. During the crash, the passenger was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Bound Brook Rescue extricated both the driver and passenger from the vehicle, police said.

The passenger was flown by NJ State Police Medevac to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center to be treated for internal injuries.

The driver was also transported to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, but by the Bound Brook Rescue Squad, for treatment of his injuries.

Police said the crash is still being investigated. Anone with information can contact Bridgewater Township Police Officer Allen Mele of the Traffic Safety Bureau at 908-722-4111, ext. 4139.

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