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Head-On Crash Closes Franklin Boulevard For Two Hours, Seriously Injures Man

One person was seriously injured Feb. 10 in a head-on crash on Franklin Boulevard that shut part of the road down for two hours during the afternoon commute.

Police said that Ryan J. Shaughnessy, no age or hometown given, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick after the accident, which occurred at about 4:28 p.m.

Shaughnessy was the passenger in a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven southbound on Franklin Blvd. by Joanne Brogden, 56, of Jackson. Brogden’s car was hit head-on by a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Michael Sabillon-Corea, 19, of Somerset after Sabillon-Corea had turned right onto Franklin Blvd. from Norma Avenue and drifted over the center line.

Firefighters responding to the crash found Shaughnessy unresponsive and removed him from the Jeep to help him, police said in a release about the accident. Police said Shaughnessy suffered life-threatening injuries.

Sabillon-Corea was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with minor injuries and was treated and released, police said.

Brogden was also taken to RWJUH for treatment of a lower leg injury, police said.

Franklin Blvd. was closed between Hamilton Street and Baier Avenue for about two hours while the accident was investigated by members of the township police’s Traffic Safety Bureau.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Ptl. James Raics of the Franklin Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau at (732) 873-5533 extension 3177.

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