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Fatal Crash Claims Life of Lumberton Woman

The 56-year-old woman was killed after she veered off Route 38 and crashed into two utility poles, according to Moorestown Police.

A Lumberton woman was killed after she veered off Route 38 and crashed into two utility poles Wednesday afternoon.

Moorestown Police said Helen J. Patterson, 56, was driving east on 38 just past South Church Street around 2 p.m. when she left the road and sheared off a utility pole head-on. Her 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander traveled another 180 feet, rolled onto the driver’s side, and slammed roof-first into another utility pole, snapping it in half.

Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no one else in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved, police said. The cause of the crash is unknown.

PSE&G responded to the scene to stabilize the utility pole so emergency personnel could enter the vehicle. Utility workers had to lift the pole off the SUV so rescue workers could get to it, according to police.

Both eastbound lanes of Route 38 were initially closed following the crash. One lane was reopened at 2:30 p.m., though there were still significant traffic delays, with motorists backed up for more than two miles.

Moorestown Fire Department and Moorestown Emergency Squad also responded to the scene, and Mount Laurel Police helped direct traffic.

An Old Friend February 07, 2013 at 08:51 PM
@ Rob, just read the "other" article, and although "Cinndpressants" are obviously blindly faithful to their Masters, they are right about one thing. You should not only have remarked about "Truth Seekers" comment, you should have removed it. It obviously does not belong under this story! This is a tragic accident and my prayers go out to the Patterson family.
Michael J Richards February 08, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Did you go to the ans tell what you saw ????
Michael J Richards February 08, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Did you go to the police and tell them what you saw ???
Stefani Penglase February 08, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Hi Steve, thanks for asking I'm in communication with the police department New Jersey. If there were any way to reach out to the family just to let them know that there was somebody there with her praying for her. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Laurie Harriton February 09, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Helen Patterson was the secretary and budget manager for a high school in Brooklyn. She was a wonderful person in every way, and also an excellent driver. All I can imagine is that she might have had a seizure. Please keep all remarks about this terrible tragedy faithfulvtovthe goodness of this woman, and the terrible loss this represents to the family she loved so much.

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