Not all motor vehicle related personal injuries are sustained on the turnpike. Late Saturday evening several New Jersey teenagers decided to go dune jumping in the area of Oreo’s Pit just south of the Cape May Canal Railroad Bridge. At roughly 11:50 p.m., Lower Township Police and rescue Units responded to a 9-1-1 call regarding the possible personal injury of a 17-year-old at the pit.
Police determined that an 18-year-old man from Erma was driving a 1986 Chevrolet S10 in the dunes with a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old riding in the bed of the pickup truck. The driver took a run at a dune and accelerated up the front side of the large hill. The truck went airborne when it reached the crest of the dune. The 17-year-old passenger was ejected from the truck as the vehicle hit air.
The 17-year-old reportedly fell from a significant height in the incident. The truck flew roughly 41 feet through the air. The impact upon landing reportedly broke the frame of the S10 pickup. The truck continued forward for a period of time, finally coming to a rest roughly 100 feet from the top of the dune.
Emergency personnel from the Lower Township Rescue Squad airlifted the 17-year-old by South Star Medivac to the Atlantic City Trauma Center. The young man sustained personal injuries in the accident, including a possible broken leg.
There are no reports of any injuries to the other teenagers involved in the incident. Police report that one of the teens jumped from the truck before the pickup went airborne.