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UPDATE: 'He Was Just Doing His Job'; FedEx Driver Struck & Killed in Colonia Accident

A Fedex driver was struck and killed by a van this morning in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township. The driver who hit him was taken by helicopter to a New Brunswick trauma center


Woodbridge police confirmed that the driver of a FedEx truck was struck and killed by a van this morning in the Colonia section of Woodbridge.

"He was just doing his job" when he was hit by the male driver of a minivan, said Woodbridge Police Captain Roy Hoppock.

Even though the FedEx driver was hit, it was the driver of the other vehicle who was airlifted by a Medevac helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Hoppock said.

That driver, who hit the FedEx employee, suffered injuries that required his immediate transportation to Robert Wood Johnson Trauma Center in New Brunswick. He was airlifted there by Medevac.

The FedEx driver was 40 years old, an abclocal.com report said.

The accident happened at approximately 9:30 am on Friday, near the intersection of New Dover Road and Fairview Avenue.

Fire officials and EMS workers were at the scene, where the FedEx employee was allegedly trapped under the vehicle. The pedestrian was extricated from under the vehicle, and the Medevac helicopter was cancelled, apparently because he was already deceased.

Several minutes later, though, officials put in a call again for the Medevac, this time to aid the van driver who struck the FedEx driver.

Colonia resident Marianne Tamburello, who lives about a half mile from the scene, said on Facebook that helicopters were hovering around the accident site for about 40 minutes following the accident.

The driver who struck the FedEx worker was apparently conscious, said Hoppock in a update to this story.

"There didn't appear to be any witnesses," Hoppock said. "Once the scene is cleared, they'll go to New Brunswick and interview the driver."

Hoppock said he didn't know how serious the injuries were to the driver of the van. "I don't know if they are life threatening, but they were serious enough that the medics determined he had to be sent to RWJ by helicopter."

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office was on the scene, Hoppock said. Woodbridge Police Officer Steven Botti is the investigating officer for the township police department.

"There's one person who knows what happened, and that's the driver who is in New Brunswick," Hoppock said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 


stephen mckessy February 22, 2013 at 06:47 PM
As a Ups driver we go thru lots of things unfortunately this was the worst of our obstacles RIP brother
Al McDorman February 23, 2013 at 07:26 AM
So true! FedEx, UPS, USPS...dangerous jobs for sure, especially on New Dover on the down hill slope from the Lincoln Highway overpass. Some people fly over that bridge; it only takes a second for tragedy to happen. RIP to the lost and be careful out there! Sometimes vigilance just isn't enough though. So sad! .
Patri February 26, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Anyword on the driver of the minivan?

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