Twp. Police Department
Date of Incident:
Date of Release:
Capt. Eric Wilsusen
Friday, July 19, 2013 at approx. 5:32 pm, Sgt. John Kessler, PO Rich Riena, PO Ryan McGowan responded to Ridge Road near Glen
Road for a report of a single vehicle motor vehicle accident.
Riena?s initial investigation revealed that a 2007
GMC pickup operated by Richard Plog age 74 of Newton
was traveling west on Ridge Road when he suddenly lost control of his vehicle
for an unknown reason. The vehicle struck a tree and burst into flames. The
driver was trapped in the vehicle.
arrival officers had to use fire extinguishers to control the fire until fire
department equipment could arrive. Jefferson Twp. Fire Co. #1 and the Sparta
Fire Department arrived to extinguish the fire and extricate the driver.
driver sustained life threatening injuries including critical burns. The driver
was medivac?d to Morristown Memorial Hospital. On
Saturday, July 20th the driver died as a result of his injuries.
Morris County Sheriff? Department?s Crime Scene Unit responded to assist in the
investigation. The accident is still under investigation by Traffic Officer, PO
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