WEST WINDSOR, NEW JERSEY – A car that veered off Route 1 during the rush-hour commute this morning hit a fence and went flying over six Mini Coopers at an auto dealership before landing upside-down on a seventh, police said.
The woman who was driving the car survived and was taken to the hospital for an evaluation, police said.
The accident took place at 8:33 a.m. on northbound Route 1 just past Quakerbridge Road, near the BMW of Princeton dealership, Lt. William Bastedo said.
“It went off the road approximately 122 feet prior to the BMW dealer, drove on the grass, hit a fence and went airborne,” Bastedo said.
In addition to taking out the dealership’s sign, the car damaged a total of nine Mini Coopers, and was significantly damaged itself when it landed on its roof. Police did not explain how all the Minis were damaged.
The driver was extricated by arriving fire crews, and was taken to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro for a precautionary evaluation of her neck and back.
The woman may have suffered a medical emergency while behind the wheel, but police are still investigating, Bastedo said.
The accident caused a “traffic nightmare,” the township police said in a news release.
Bastedo said that the highway was not blocked at all, but rubbernecking led to significant delays at the tail end of the morning commute.
“From what I heard on the radio, it was backed up to Interstate 95,” he said.