1 Dead in Franklin Lakes Crash

Police: Icy conditions not a factor in Monday afternoon crash

One man was killed in a two-car crash on Route 208 North near Colonial Road in Franklin Lakes Monday, according to police.

The accident, first reported to officials at 2:43 p.m., occurred when a 2004 Chevy van and a truck collided.

Henry Shuart, of Hewitt, 67, was extricated from the van and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the truck, Christopher Milles, 25, of Garfield, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, according to Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant John Bakelaar.

Police said the cause of accident has yet to be determined.

While roads in the area were icy due to weather, police said that highway conditions did not appear to have been a factor.

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Scarlet and Gold January 29, 2013 at 02:44 PM
West Milford man dies in Franklin Lakes accident TUESDAY JANUARY 29, 2013, 8:02 AM BY JIM NORMAN STAFF WRITER THE RECORD PRINT | E-MAIL FRANKLIN LAKES -- Police have identified the driver who was killed in an accident on Route 208 on Monday as Henry Shuart, 68, of West Milford. Detective Lt. John Bakelaar said Shuart was driving north in a van owned by Service Maintenance Corp. of West Milford when the vehicle veered off to the right and hit a tow truck that was idling in a turn-off lane, spinning the tow truck around and pushing it out into the highway’s traffic lanes. Bakelaar said that the driver of the tow truck was able to maneuver it back into the turn-off lane, avoiding the possibility of a chain reaction collision. The driver of the tow truck, identified as Christopher Milles, 25, of Garfield, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries that are not non life-threatening. The tow truck was owned by Dynasty Services Corp. of Oakland. Shuart, the driver of the van, was alive at the scene of the accident, Bakelaar said, but was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Bakelaar said it was not immediately clear what caused Shuart’s van to veer off to the right but that driver distraction might have been a contributing factor. Investigation into the cause of the accident was continuing, he said. Email: norman@northjersey.com


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