Troopers, pedestrians struck at crash scene

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Two NJ State Troopers and several pedestrians were struck by a dump truck during an accident investigation on eastbound Route 280 in West Orange.

SkyFox was over the scene Tuesday where the truck could be seen on its side. A grey minivan was lodged beneath a portion of the truck.

An ambulance also appeared to have struck a fire truck. 

A total of 12 trucks appeared to have been involved including a food truck. It was not clear how many vehicles were part of the initial crash investigation.

NJ State Police tweeted that the troopers were outside their patrol cars near mile post 9.8 when they struck at about 10:22 a.m.

The conditions of the pedestrians were unclear, but they did not suffer serious injuries, said police.

A fire erupted at the scene as well.

Both troopers were conscious as they were taken from the scene to an area hospital.

It was not clear why the dump truck struck the police and pedestrians.

Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver commented on the crash. 

“While this is an ongoing investigation, it should remind us all of the dangers our first responders can encounter while performing their jobs on our roadways. We wish all of those injured a speedy recovery. We will continue to pray for them all.”

Oliver was serving as acting governor while Gov. Phil Murphy was on vacation

Eastbound Route 280 remained closed through the crash zone.