Brake Failure Blamed for Box Truck Accident

Box truck accident Oct. 3, 2019
A box truck overturned on Route 35 on Oct. 3, causing power outages and delays.

HAZLET – Brake failure was blamed for an accident on Route 35 North at Holmdel Road at 2:49 p.m. on Oct. 3 that knocked out traffic lights, forced detours and caused a local residential power outage.

Cong N. Thoong of Brooklyn, working for King Bo Corp. of Maspeth, New York, was slowing down for a yellow light at the Holmdel Road intersection, just as he was passing Anchor Care Rehabilitation on Route 35 North. It was a rainy day.

In the official police report, Thoong said that when he

pressed on the brakes, the rear wheels locked on his 2007 Nissan box truck. He lost control. The truck then spun around, ran off the road and rolled over onto a Verizon utility pole. The pole snapped in half.

Thoong, who was uninjured and able to exit the vehicle before emergency services arrived, provided a written statement to police in his native language. His vehicle was towed.

Because the damage involved multiple entities, it took some time for power to be restored, explained Hazlet Police spokesman Scott Mura.

The damaged pole, owned by Verizon, had to be replaced by lineman before JCP&L would restore power.

“Both Verizon and JCP&L have very strict contracts that provide for mandatory time off. Since this was towards the end of the day, most linemen had already worked all day and they are required (for safety reasons) to take mandatory rests, for like 4 hours or so, so that causes a delay too,” said Mura in an email.

Power was restored to 95 JCP&L customers around 7:40 p.m. that evening. Power to the intersection could not be restored until until the state Dept. of Transportation came to the scene. The traffic lights were not operational until noon the next day.

Thoong was not ticketed. The cost of the repairs will be handled by his insurance company, Allstate. The cost of the damage could possibly run into the tens of thousands of dollars, Mura said. “Those poles aren’t cheap,” he added.

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