Topics of the Town – Dec 1981

Town Topics
2 December 1981

Topics of the Town

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3 ACCIDENTS TRIGGERED By Sudden Icy Road Conditions. For a short period, Tuesday’s rain turned to ice, coating the highways and creating extremely hazardous road conditions which triggered three accidents in the Township.

As Elizabeth Penrose, 61, of 3311 Lawrenceville Road, was coming down Bruere’s Hill toward Princeton her 1977 sedan slid on the ice and went off the road near the Stony Brook Bridge. Her car vaulted a stone wall and was suspended over Stony Brook but did not enter the water, police said.

Mrs. Penrose, alone in the car, was taken by the First Aid Squad to Princeton Medical Center where she was treated for a shoulder injury and released. Her car was badly damaged in the 9:48 mishap, police said.

Four minutes later at 10:02, two cars collided on the Princeton-Kingston Road at the Kingston Bridge, nearly head-on. Officers at the scene report that the roadway was so slippery they could barely walk on its surface.

Police identified the drivers as James Crowder, 38, of Newark and Susan Callegari, 42, 137 Poe Road. There were no charges and no injuries.

Icy road conditions and a traffic violation were blamed or a two-car collision at 12:46 at the intersection of Terhune and Jefferson Roads.

Oleh Sochan, 23, 40-13 Hunters Glen, Plainsboro, traveling east on Terhune, was ticketed for a stop sign violation. He sustained a slight head injury.

The other driver, Warren Stack, 34, of Somerset, received head and knee injuries. Both were taken by the First Aid squad to the Medical Center for treatment.

Photo Caption:

ICY ROAD VICTIM: When freezing rain suddenly turned Route 206’s Bruere’s Hill into a giant slide, Mrs. Elizabeth Penrose of Princeton-Lawrenceville Road was an unfortunate victim. Here her car is being retrieved by rescue workers after it slid out of control over a stone wall near Stony Brook Bridge and hung suspended.

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