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Multi- Vehicle Accident Involving Sparta High School Students

Sgt. John-Paul Beebe

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 • 11:00am

SPARTA, NJ- A group of Sparta High School students escaped serious injury following a serious six car motor vehicle accident late yesterday afternoon. At 2:26 p.m. multiple 9-1-1 calls from motorists reporting the crash sent Sparta Police near the intersection of Station Road and Route 517 to investigate.

Corporal  Mark Mastandrea’s initial investigation revealed a 17-year-old female was operating a 1999 red Volvo Convertible with two juvenile passengers south on Rte 517 at an unsafe speed, when she struck a 2013 brown Hyundai Elantra from behind.  The Elantra was being operated by a 17-year-old male who had a 17-year-old male front seat passenger.

The impact of this collision pushed the Elantra across the double yellow lines into northbound traffic where it collided into the rear wheel carriage of a full size Tractor and Trailer operated by 62-year-old William Fischer of Vernon.  This impact caused the Elantra to spin counter clockwise causing to come to a rest facing North West in the painted median. 

Both boys in the Elantra were injured.  They were transported by the Sparta First Aid Squad to the Newton Medical Center where they were treated for leg lacerations, back and neck pain.  They were both later released..

After colliding with the Elantra, the Volvo then struck a 2001 Honda Odyssey being operated by a 17-year-old male, pushing this vehicle off the roadway where it crashed into a guide rail.

The Volvo then struck a third vehicle from behind.  The third vehicle was a 2005 Kia Spector, which was, in turn, pushed into the rear of a 2002 Volkswagon  Beetle. The operator of the Kia was also injured in the crash. She was transported by her family to a private physician for treatment of contusions, back and neck pain. 

The Volvo finally came to a rest facing south in the painted median. 

The operator of the Volvo was charged with Careless Driving and Violation of her Provisional Driver’s License by having too many individuals in her vehicle.  Other than the Tractor and Trailer driver all other operators and passengers are Sparta High School students.  Their names are not being released because they are juveniles.  

The Volvo, Elantra and the Honda sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene by Blessing’s Auto Service of Sparta.  The Tractor and Trailer, Kia and Volks wagon were driven from the scene.

The accident snarled traffic for almost two hours on a stretch of roadway that was being utilized as a detour due to Main Street being closed for bridge repair work.  Corporals David Pridham and Frank Schomp assisted with the investigation.  The Sparta Fire Department also assisted at the scene. 

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