LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP (Mercer County, New Jersey) --- At 6:16 p.m. during a severe rainstorm on Tuesday, January 4, 2000, Lawrence Township police dispatched Station 21 (Slackwood Fire Co.), Rescue 22 (Lawrence Road Fire Co.) and Rescue 129 (Lawrence First Aid Squad) to an accident with entrapment at the intersection of Brunswick Pike (Business Route 1) and Darrah Lane.

Lawrence First Aid Squad Chief Mike Peterson responded at 6:16 p.m. and arrived on location one minute later to find that a Ford Escort had been struck on its passenger side by a Jeep Cherokee. Apparently, the car was crossing Brunswick Pike from the northbound jughandle in an attempt to go west on Darrah Lane when it was struck by the southbound Jeep.

A 35-year-old woman and her 13-year-old son were pinned in the Escort. The child was unresponsive and both were seriously injured.

Rescue 22 responded at 6:17 p.m. with a crew of eight and arrived at 6:21 p.m., followed one minute later by Engine 21-1.

Chief 129 directed Engine 21-1's crew to stretch a 1.75-inch handline and told Rescue 22's crew that a rapid extrication was needed for both the child and his mother.

Rescue 22's crew went in service with Holmatro tools and popped the passenger side door of the Escort, allowing county paramedics access to the injured 13-year-old by 6:26 p.m.

Rescue 129 arrived at 6:23 p.m., followed one minute later by Engine 21. Both units assisted with additional manpower.

Both child and mother were removed from the wrecked car by 6:31 p.m. Both were rushed to the trauma unit at the Capital Health System at Fuld hospital in Trenton and were admitted in critical conditon. The boy was later transfered to the Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Camden.

The driver of the Jeep, a 25-year-old man, suffered less severe injuries and was also taken to the hospital for treatment. He was later charged by police with going through a red light.