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Belvidere Man Dies, Two Injured in Route 46 Crash

Police say victim was not wearing his seat belt.

A 34-year-old Belvidere man was killed in a two-car accident on Route 46 in Budd Lake Thursday morning, while two others were taken to the hospital, according to Mount Olive police.

Christopher Connors was pronounced dead at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center after succumbing to injuries sustained in the crash, police said. 

Police said Connors was traveling eastbound on Route 46 near the intersection of Woodland Avenue shortly after 6 a.m. when the 2003 Honda Accord he was driving crossed from the eastbound lane into the westbound lane.

At that point, police said his car collided head-on with a 1997 Chevrolet van that was traveling westbound in the right lane. The force of the crash caused Connors' vehicle to leave the roadway and come to rest in the parking lot of George's Liquors, police said.

The van was driven by Robert Gascoigne, 58, of Denville, and his wife, Louise Gascoigne, 45, was in the passenger's seat, police said. Police said Louise Gascoigne was extricated from the van with the Jaws of Life and was transported by Atlantic Air-1 medical helicopter to Morrstown Medical Center for leg and hip injuries. Robert Gascoigne was transported to Morristown Medical Center for minor injuries. 

Police said CPR was started on Connors, who was transported by medical personnel to Hackettstown Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police said that Connors was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Route 46 westbound was closed and diverted between Netcong Road and Woodland Avenue from 6:15 to 9 a.m. for the investigation, police said.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office Vehicular Homicide Unit and Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Section assisted at the scene with the investigation, police said. Also assisting with the incident was the Budd Lake Fire Department, Budd Lake First Aid Squad, paramedics from St. Clare’s Health System, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Mount Olive Police Department at 973-691-0850. Police said the investigation is ongoing. 

John Wisneuski October 11, 2012 at 01:13 PM
That road is a death trap. No shoulders and people completely stopped on the highway trying to cross the lanes to get to the businesses. They need to use the U-turns instead.
Steve October 11, 2012 at 05:47 PM
It is long past time for the State and County to put in a physical divider, instead of just double yellow lines, and require folks to use the jughandles and u-turn lanes to reach businesses on the other side of the road. I have live in Budd Lake for almost 20 years and this location by George's Liquors and Kennedy's Pub, the next intersection by the Village Green and the one by the lake at Old Budd Lake road have resulted in more deaths than I could possibly count. How many more need to die????
SAMCRO October 11, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I have to agree that stretch of highway is nothing more than a racetrack. The state needs to install those speed strips... plenty of times I have seen vehicle flying on 46...
lht October 11, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Strange how Hopatcong Patch / HPD fail to report police related activity when the accused is a Hopatcong politician, police officer, dpw or town employee, fire or emt or the families of same. Ex. HFD mbr this past weekend.
full name October 11, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I live in Budd Lake and have seen more accidents than I can count from International Drive to Naughright Road. As a previous post stated, this extremely dangerous stretch of highway needs to be divided. How many more deaths need to occur before this happens? With the high rates of speed vehicles travel and cars turning left across two lanes of traffic, this deadly trait will continue.
Pete October 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Very dangerous road hate driving down it safer on 80
jazzman October 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM
that road is no doult the worst and most dangerous road per mile in the area,drivers speeding way over the posted 45-50,no shoulders,left turns with 60 mph vehicles tailgating you,and when it rains the speed is even faster,but have you ever seen and police patroling that area,never, and when they respond to a accident they`re driving wreckless to get to the scene 80-90mph by my estimate,after they built the big new police station that was the last we saw them,they do nothing but show up direct traffic and do a body count for emergency personnel...in the last 20 yrs policing turned into fleasing
sam i am October 13, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I am soo sorry for all going through this really sorry thats all can say very sorry

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