NJ State Trooper Dies in Line-of-Duty Crash

NEW JERSEY (WTXF) A New Jersey State Police Trooper was killed in an on-duty, single vehicle accident on Thursday morning, NJ State Police announced.

The crash occurred at around 10:45 Thursday morning on Quinton-Alloway Road. near the intersection of Rt. 49. According to NJ State Police, Trooper Eli McCarson,30, was responding to a report of a domestic dispute when his vehicle went off the side of the road and struck an electric utility police.

He was entrapped for a short time while rescuers had to open the jammed doors. He was then transported to Salem hospital where he was pronounced shortly after noon, according to police. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined, and the crash is still under investigation.

"Whether it's facing an armed assailant, or responding to a critical call on a rainy day, troopers and other law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect every member of the public. This is a tragic loss for us, made even worse during this holiday season, but I know our troopers will not flinch. They will continue their duties and answer every call with others in mind, just as Trooper Eli McCarson was doing when he gave his life in the line of duty," said Colonel Fuentes.

Trooper McCarson, of Gloucester County, was a member of the 155th State Police Class. He was working out of Woodstown Station.