UPDATED: Authorities investigating ‘serious motor vehicle crash’ that injured Port Authority cop


The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Crash Investigation Unit is investigating a “serious motor vehicle crash” near the Holland Tunnel that injured a Port Authority police officer.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The HCPO Regional Crash Investigation Unit is responding to a serious motor vehicle crash on Rte. 139 (depressed rdwy) w/multiple injuries including a Port Authority Officer struck while responding to a prior crash. Drivers to avoid area as investigation underway,” the HCPO tweeted.

At 1:32 p.m., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez provided more details, including that two Jersey City police officers sustained minor injuries and the Port Authority police officer remains in critical condition at the Jersey City Medical Center.

“We are asking everyone to keep our officer in your thoughts and prayers as he works to pull through this. These are serious injuries, but we know he is a fighter,” Superintendent of the Port Authority Police Department Edward Cetnar said in a statement.

The identity of the officer in critical condition has still not been revealed.

This morning, just after 12:30 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in which the driver, a 32-year-old New York woman, overturned her vehicle on eastbound Route 139 (depressed highway).

The driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center with minor injuries and has since been released.

While the Port Authority police officer and three Jersey City police officers were securing the initial crash scene and doing traffic control, another motorist heading eastbound on Route 139 struck the median divider, then struck a JCPD radio car, and then struck the Port Authority officer – causing serious injuries.

The driver, a 27-year-old New York woman, was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center for examination but has since been released.

This is an active investigation and no charges have been filed at this time.

“This crash is yet another reminder that our first responders put their lives on the line every day,” Suarez said. “We are praying that the officer makes a full and quick recovery.”

The Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit is actively investigating this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

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