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Two House Fires, a Box Truck Tips Over, and Multiple Car Crashes in Montgomery Twp, Police Say

By Barbara A. Preston | February 8, 2022

Montgomery Township first responders recently responded to two house fires, two vehicle crashes, and a box truck full of glycerin that tipped over, police said on February 8.

Photo courtesy of Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Co. 2

Chimney Fire on Dutchtown-Zion Road

Dutchtown-Zion Road residents safely escaped their home during a chimney fire on February 5 at 10:15 am.

Montgomery Township police, fire companies 1 & 2, and the EMS arrived first on scene, and observed smoke coming from the house. Firefighters extinguished the flames, which had spread from the chimney to other parts of the home. Additional fire companies from around the area responded to the scene to assist. No civilians or firefighters were injured in the fire. The residents were displaced by the fire, and are staying with friends and family. The scene was turned over to the Montgomery Township Fire Prevention Bureau for further investigation.

Photo courtesy of Montgomery Township Volunteer Fire Co. 2

Box Truck Fill of Glycerin Overturns on Route 601 in Montgomery

Montgomery police issued a ticket to the driver of a box truck full of glycerin after it overturned on Route 601 on Wednesday, January 26, at 2:12 pm.

Police identified the driver as Tyrone Woodson, 26, of Orange Park, Florida, who was driving a 2015 Ford F750 box truck carrying a load of glycerin. The truck tipped on to its side at a curve on Route 601, south of Sunset Road. Montgomery Police, Montgomery Rescue Squad 47, Montgomery Fire Stations 45 and 46, as well as Somerset County Hazmat and Somerset County Roads responded to the scene. The investigation and cleanup effort closed Route 601 for approximately 3 and a half hours.

Woodson was not injured in the crash. The truck was towed from the scene. Police issued a ticket to Woodson for careless driving.

Glycerol, also called glycerin, is a colorless, odorless, liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. Due to having antimicrobial and antiviral properties it is widely used in FDA approved wound and burn treatments. Conversely, it is also used as a bacterial culture medium. It is also widely used as a sweetener in the food industry and as a humectant in pharmaceutical formulations.

An Attic Fire on Cherry Brook Drive

Montgomery police responded to a report of smoke at a residence on Cherry Brook Drive on February 1 at 3:18 pm. Upon arrival officers observed a heavy smoke condition coming from the attic of the residence. Shortly after Montgomery fire crews observed an active fire in the attic of the home. Montgomery police and fire crews safely evacuated all residents and pets from the home. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire successfully with minimal damage to the home.

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Ford Truck Crashes on River Road

Montgomery Police responded to a vehicle crash on Route 533 (River Road) on February 3 at 2 pm.

Police found Samuel Martin Catalan, 25, of Bronx, NY was driving a 2008 Ford F350 north on Route 533 when he lost control of the vehicle due to the wet road conditions and excessive speed. The Ford ended up stuck in a ditch and needed to be pulled out by a towing company. There were not any injuries as a result of this crash.

Two-Vehicle Crash on River Road

Montgomery police ticketed a Somerset resident for "improperly emerging from a private driveway" on River Road in Belle Mead, which caused a two-vehicle crash on Monday, January 31, at 9:58 am.

A police investigation revealed that Hawa Nabieu, 37, of Somerset backed her 2012 Nissan out of a private driveway onto River Road (County Route 533), south of Staats Farm Road. Daniel Magrini, 50, of Hillsborough, was driving a 2018 Chevy Silverado north on River Road, when he collided with the Nissan.

In order to remove Nabieu from the Nissan, the Montgomery Fire Company #1 had to remove the driver's-side door. EMS transported Nabieu to St. Peters Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life threatening injuries. Her Nissan was towed from the scene.

Nabieu is scheduled to appear in Montgomery Municipal Court for improperly emerging a private driveway.

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