Jefferson Twp. Police
Lt. Robert Bush
On 10/31/2019 at 2:10pm, Jefferson Twp. Police Officers responded
to the area of Route 15 North and Weldon Rd (6.9 mile marker) for a report of
an overturned dump truck. Upon initial arrival, the driver of the vehicle was
trapped inside the vehicle.
Officers were able to extricate the driver
from the vehicle, later identified as Gilberto Salazar, 70 of Ledgewood, NJ.
No other occupants were inside the overturned truck. Mr. Salazar was
transported to St. Clares Hospital, Dover where he was pronounced dead.
The exact cause of the accident is still
under investigation. The Jefferson Twp. Police Department was assisted by the
Morris County Prosecutors Office and Morris County Sheriffs Dept. in the
processing and investigation of the crash.
The right lane of Rt. 15 North and exit to
Weldon Rd were closed for several hours after the crash, due to fuel on the
roadway. Morris County HAZMAT, JTFD CO #2, JT Rescue Squad, Picatinny Arsenal
FD and NJ Dept. of Transportation, also assisted at the scene with the crash