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UPDATED: Two Dead, and Three Critically Injured, Including Two Pedestrians

Two pedestrians and a driver are critically injured.

Two are dead and three are seriously injured, including two pedestrians, after an accident at the corner of Dunhams Corner Road and Hardenburg Lane, in front of the McGinnis School, according to the East Brunswick Police Department.

According to police, the three seriously injured vicitms include two pedestrians and the driver.

Police and emergency workers responded to the accident at about 12:30 p.m. Police had Dunhams Corner from Hardenburg closed. In front of McGinnis was a heavily damaged car and a victim laying on the front grass. The car may have hit a telephone pole, as a pole was laying across Dunhams Corner.

Emergency units from throught the area were responding.

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Ralph Wiggums September 15, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Very sad situation. There were many people traveling that route today with the start of the rec soccer season. Reports on NJ.com state that there are at least 2 dead, and 2 injured with one of those injuries being very serious. Through a local friend who witnessed the accident, I was told the driver who was involved was driving with their hazards on and the car suddenly accelerated and went out of control and hit a group of 5 people. Then the car continued and slammed into a pole. I'm sorry to hear that we lost members of our community and I am so sad to hear that they were taken too soon. My thoughts go out to the families involved.
Chris Marshall September 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
That is a horrible intersection for pedestrians and with a school right there this was bound to happen. There should be no turn on right from Hardnburg to Dunhams and a pedestrian crossing with light should be installed. My prayers to all.
peter mccabe September 15, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I live on Dunhams between ryders and hardenburgh. Due to the amount of pedestrian traffic, the speed limit between hardenburgh and ryders should be 25 MILES PER HOUR. There is already a traffic light at dunhams and hardenburgh, and people do well in excess of the speed limit FREQUENTLY.
John Saccenti (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM
This is absolutely horrible. If anyone knows family members please ask them if there is any way Patch can help.
RL September 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Making a left from Dunhams onto Hardenburg is hazardous at that intersection too. Cars coming from opposite direction on Dunhams appear after a curve and anyone speeding is on top of you before you know it. Really hazardous. So sorry to hear this
Pat Kramer Mezick September 16, 2012 at 01:17 AM
All right turns on red should be eliminated at this intersection. Drivers from both roads, and especially Dunhams, barely slow down, let alone stop, before turning right at this location.
SamIam September 16, 2012 at 05:32 AM
People as well as police drive erraticly and too fast on the roads in East Brunswick, maybe the installation of speed bumps would help
Joseph Abeles September 16, 2012 at 08:35 AM
The two dead as well as the injured are well-known and upstanding members, ones who have acted in a leadership role, of the Young Israel community. The synagogue community is in a state of shock following this tragedy. It joined together to pray over the unfathomable sadness, reciting Psalms, several times following the awful event. The Rabbi worked at the scene of the accident alongside emergency personnel and police, tirelesslyi, to ensure that the remains received the traditional respectful treatment in preparation for burial.
Madzi September 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Simply awful--my deepest condolences to the community of Young Israel and to the victims' family. My prayers will be offered today for all.
peter mccabe September 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I'm not sure a pedstrian crossing signal is enough. Last week someone stopped for pedestrians crossing dunhams, and was rear ended. We need a reduced speed limit here, or more accidents and tragedies are inevitable at this location. There's too much foot traffic. What's so hard about this???
Neleta Henry September 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM
There should be a round-a-bout directional circle at that intersection, because it's very dangerous from any direction,a circle would definately slow traffic.
Phil Peterson September 17, 2012 at 06:46 AM
With this horrible accident, and from years of watching people speed up Frost Ave (despite a 25 MPH limit), why not install speed bumps?
John Romano September 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
.....let me begin with my deepest condolences to the victim's families. .....to answer Samlam .....on main / arterial roadways such as Dunhams or Hardenburg, speed bumps / speed-tables wouldn't apply. But, on local streets, they ABSOLUTELY work. The chance of having a front bumper air-dam or the exhaust system torn off of a car will definitely deter speeding. But just try and get the town to agree. The police don't agree either....I've asked....NO, I'VE BEEN TOLD by police officers that were sitting in their cars running radar in my neighborhood (after I said that they were wasting their time sitting there)...that the town won't allow speed-bumps. I've been told by personnel in Public Works that they won't install them. They refuse to install them because they claim it will hinder snow removal. Measurable snow occurs maybe one or two times year....cars travel our streets 365 out of 365. We'll see if they'll change their tune now?
BellaRox September 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
My deepest condolences and prayers.

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