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Two Students Struck By Vehicle Near Union County College

The students were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Two students were struck by a vehicle that was involved in a crash in front of Union County College at about 10:20 a.m. this morning.

According to police, the two victims were waiting at the traffic light to cross Springfield Avenue on their way to the UCC Cranford campus, when a motor vehicle accident occurred at the same intersection.

Lt. James Wozniak said the students were standing on the curb on the Nomagehan Park side of Springfield Avenue waiting to cross, when two vehicles, traveling in opposite directions on the busy roadway, became involved in an accident. One of the vehicles was attempting to turn into the parking lot at Nomahegan Park, while the other was traveling on Springfield Avenue. During the impact, one of the vehicles, spun around, striking the two students.

The injuries, Wozniak said, are not believed to be life-threatening. Emergency crews responded and transported one of the victims to Overlook Hospital in Summit, and the other to University Hospital in Newark. As of about 10:45 a.m., police were continuing to investigate the incident. The ages of the victims are unknown at this time, and the names are being withheld, as the investigation is still ongoing.

In a separate incident at about the same time, the Segway driven by Parking Enforcement Officer Ralph Gregson was struck by a vehicle. The auxiliary officer was not on the vehicle at the time, Wozniak said. He was conducting parking enforcement in the area of Union County College at the time that the Segway was struck.

Pcisme77 September 11, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I sure hope that somebody was given a summons for reckless driving. Given how the Cranford Police Department operates, I highly doubt it. I wish that more was being done to protect Cranford's residents, including its youngest citizens.
barbara m September 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
If students were NOT allowed to park in Nomahegan Park, a lot of the problem would be solved because less people would be crossing or at the curb at that traffic light. Not only do the students disobey the signals most of the time, but they take up all the parking in and around the park so that we residents cannot even think about driving over there to enjoy the park with family. Union College should use up the rest of their open space for parking lots if they want to have so many students. My prayers are with the two young people injured today.
anonymous September 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The students were waiting at the curb for the light to change. As long as they are obeying the parking regulations they have as much right to park there as any other resident. And, they were NOT disobeying a signal. They are innocent victims of poor driving.
Stephanie Andersen September 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Springfield ave. is a disaster in general. Speed limit should be reduced to 25. Encourage people to use an alternate route when driving. With the park (and residents walking, running, jogging with kids and dogs) and college there, there is too much foot traffic for 35mph (and really the 40-45 that many people do).
Beverly Disporto September 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
But Barbara M is correct. We, as Union County residents, cannot park our cars on union county college property and leave them there all day. Students should have to park their car on school property not on county park property, which should be available to all of us and unfortunately, isn't. Hopefully these two students will be ok
faith September 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
i pray for the students. the students must pay for a parking permit. and it is very expensive. that is why they can park on the county property. the COLLEGE is totally responsible for NOT having ample parking... i feel for students as well as staff. never anywhere to park.
Mr monde September 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
its a parking lot people should be allowed to park regardless of where they are going..if there was a sign there saying parking only for the park then youd have a point but it doesn't..its a shame this happend but it has nothing to do with people parking at the park..
faith September 12, 2012 at 06:36 PM
thank u mr monde. u r 100% correct. thanks again.
barbara m September 13, 2012 at 12:36 AM
So....all we need is a sign.....right?
hello September 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM
am i allowed to park on the college campus? NO! so why are they allowed to park at our park!! the person turning into the lot which caused the accident was a 19 yr old girl trying to find parking for school. if you can afford to goto school and buy books and the brand new car you were driving, you can definitely afford a parking permit! Wish cranford with make that parking lot for the PARK only, which is what it obviously is intended for.....

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