Galloway Township, NJ- A chain reaction collision involving a tractor-trailer and three vehicles in Galloway Township left one man dead and six others injured Monday morning.

A 23 year-old truck driver, Greg Hoover, was traveling west on Route 30 around 10:30 a.m. when he failed to stop for a red light at Pomona Road, the report from Galloway Township Police reported.

As the truck went through the intersection it struck a Toyota Tundra driven by Gary Brenner, 36, of Galloway Township who was traveling south on Pomona. The truck then slammed into another vehicle carrying two people which was also traveling south on Pomona Road, the Galloway Patch reported.

The truck then struck a third vehicle, a Chevy Cruze with three occupants. The third vehicle rolled over and was pinned under the tractor-trailer.

The occupants of the third vehicle had to be extricated. The driver of the Cruze, William Anthony Jr., 69, was seriously injured  in the accident and was taken to the hospital where he later died. His 41 year-old son, William Anthony III and his wife Joyce Anthony, 66, were both injured and taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Five other people were also injured and taken to the hospital. Neither Hoover nor his 22 year-old passenger, Amberline Faison, were injured.

The driver of the Tundra, Brenner, was an off-duty Galloway Township officer and dialed 911 to report the accident. After alerting police, he got out of his truck and began to give aide to the accident victims, the Galloway Patch reported.

The intersection of Pomona and Route 30 were closed for five hours while crews worked to clear up the accident debris and conduct their investigation.

Police are still investigating the accident and could charge Hoover pending the outcome.

Just from reading the particulars associated with this accident, it would be logical to conclude that the truck driver was at fault. The exact reason he ran the traffic light is unknown, but the distraction of a passenger and inattention could have been two likely reasons why Hoover failed to stop at the busy intersection.

Red-light collisions are especially dangerous and tractor-trailer drivers should take extra precautions to protect other motorists when approaching an intersection. Tractor-trailers can be deadly weapons in the hands of an inexperienced or careless driver. As this accident shows, it just takes one mistake to kill or seriously injure another motorist.

Victims of truck accidents tend to incur serious injuries and they are killed at a much higher rate than victims of passenger vehicle crashes. Surviving victims are typically saddled with thousands and thousands of dollars in medical bills. These victims need someone to fight for them when they try to obtain compensation. A truck accident attorney will advocate for the victim’s rights and use their skills to get fair and adequate compensation which will cover their medical care and any other expenses they incur because of a truck accident.