Driver in critical condition after Route 1 crash Sunday in West Windsor

A 41-year-old resident of Burlington is in critical condition after crashing into another vehicle on Route 1 in West Windsor on Sunday evening.

Police were dispatched to Route 1 south just south of Carnegie Boulevard at 7:13 p.m. Sunday due to a serious motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. The initial investigation by police revealed that the Burlington resident, who was driving a 2017 Lincoln MKZ, was traveling south on Route 1 in the left lane, and then changed lanes just south of Carnegie Center Boulevard. When he changed lanes to the right, he struck the back of a 2020 Acura SUV being driven by a Cranbury resident. The Acura spun in the roadway, police said. The Lincoln MKZ then went off of the roadway to the right, struck a tree and a utility pole guide wire, and destroyed a hotel sign before coming to rest about 30 feet from the roadway in the snow.

The driver of the Lincoln MKZ was entrapped in his vehicle and had to be rescued by Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station #44 members. After being freed from the Lincoln, the man, who had serious injuries, was transported to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. He remains in the Intensive Care Unit, police said. The other driver and a passenger complained about neck pain, but declined to be transported to a hospital, police said.

Route 1 south was limited to one lane of travel for about two hours. 

A crash investigation is ongoing. If you have information about the crash, contact Officer LaRocca at or Traffic Sgt. Bal at, or call (609) 799-1222, or call the West Windsor Police Department’s confidential tip line at (609) 799-0452.