New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine injured in hit-and-run

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – April 12, 2007 – An all points bulletin has been called by New Jersey State Police for a red pickup truck that they said caused an accident that injured New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and two others tonight.

Local affiliate 6ABC reports that the hit-and-run happened shortly after 6 p.m. near milemarker 43.5 in Galloway Township.

A police spokesperson told a news conference that the small red pickup truck cutoff a white Dodge Ram, which took evasive action.

According to the spokesman, the state trooper driving the Chevrolet Tahoe carrying Corzine swerved to avoid the white vehicle, avoided contact with other vehicles, but crashed into the guard rail. The red pickup fled the scene, but the white Dodge Ram did stop.

An eyewitness told 6ABC that “Corzine’s legs were hanging out of the window after the accident.”

The accident eyewitness said, “The governor was screaming ‘My leg! My leg!'”

Corzine was taken to Cooper Hospital in Camden and was in surgery as of 9:20 Thursday night. He suffered a broken left leg and several broken ribs.

State Trooper Robert Rasinski and Samantha Gordon, a member of the governor’s staff, were also injured. Their injuries are described as minor, although both went to the hospital.



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