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DWI suspect critically injured on Route 80 in Woodland Park

WOODLAND PARK – A 49-year-old Sussex County man, who was charged with DWI, was critically injured in the accident when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer. According to his medical report, he is expected to survive the crash.

Thomas McDermott, of Andover, was hit by a truck when he was crossing Route 80 on foot early morning on Wednesday 13 August.

According to Lt. Brian Polite, spokesman for the state police, McDermott was initially seen driving on the shoulder of the eastbound side of the highway in the opposite direction of traffic at about 5:25 a.m.

The police reported that McDermott made it to the left lane when he was struck by the tractor trailer. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson and he remained conscious on the way.

According to Polite, police were already in the area as they responded to the report of the wrong-way driver.

“We were in the vicinity as he was observed to have exited his vehicle. And that’s when he crossed over and got struck,” he said.

News Source: www.NorthJersey.com

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