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MAYVILLE - Middle Township Police Department was dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Route 9 in the area of milepost 10, Jan. 2 at about 5:05 p.m.

According to a release, the preliminary investigation revealed a landscape truck, operated by Rene Perez Cruz, 25, of Rio Grande, was southbound when it crossed over the northbound lane to enter the parking lot of Island Pools.

The second vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Altima operated by Don Riggins Jr., 40, of Villas, was northbound when it collided with the rear passenger side of the truck.

The collision caused severe damage to Riggins’ vehicle resulting in him being trapped. Riggins sustained multiple serious injuries and was transported to AtlantiCare Medical Center, City Division. His condition was unavilable.

Perez-Cruz was issued summonses for careless driving, unlicensed driver and failure to maintain a lane.

Route 9 was closed for approximately three hours for the investigation and clean-up of the scene.

The crash was under investigation by the Middle Township Crash Investigation Unit, Major Crimes Unit and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Court House Fire Department, Middle Township Rescue, Green Creek Fire Department, and the Middle Township Fire Police assisted.

Anyone with information related to the crash is requested to contact the Middle Township Police Department at (609) 465-8700.

The above was received from a law enforcement agency. The person(s) named is/are innocent unless proven otherwise.


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