CRANFORD — A Union County College student was struck by two vehicles as he waited to cross the street from a park.
Cranford police Lt. Matthew Nazzaro told New Jersey 101.5 that the student was struck around 9:10 a.m. on Springfield Avenue at the crosswalk between the college and Nomahegan Park, where a parking lot is located. One of the vehicles, driven by a female Union County College student, went off the road and struck the student, Nazzaro said.
The pedestrian suffered traumatic bodily injuries and was taken to UMDNJ University Hospital in stable condition, according to Nazzaro. One of the drivers was taken by ambulance to Overlook Hospital in Summit.
Nazzaro did not disclose the identities of the students.
Student parking across the street
Many students will park in the lot at Nomahegan Park and walk to the school, Nazzaro said.
The crosswalk is fully marked with a traffic signal.
"Our thoughts are with the individuals who were impacted and hope they'll be okay," UCC spokeswoman Dr. Jaime Segal told New Jersey 101.5. "Our thanks go out to the Cranford police department. They're always super responsive and help when issues arise. We're very thankful to them."
Springfield Avenue was closed as of noon on Monday between Kenilworth Boulevard and Penn Road for the investigation.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at email@example.com
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It was there the team won two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The very next year the Nets, along with three other basketball franchises, were absorbed into the NBA as part of a merger deal, abolishing the ABA.
When the Nets first moved to New Jersey, they played their home games at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway. Then in 1981, they moved into the home many of us remember them in the most, the Brendan Byrne Arena in the Meadowlands in East Rutherford (later named the Continental Airlines Arena, then Izod center).
After years of losing, The Nets made it to two straight NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03. In 2002-03, the final time they sniffed the championship, the team lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
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