A Canadian woman was injured after being struck by a public works truck while lying on the beach in Ship Bottom Wednesday.
The incident took place at 7:54 a.m. in the area of the 3rd Avenue beach, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. Police say Brian Archer, 42, was picking up trash along the beach in a Ship Bottom Public Works a Ford F Series truck. The vehicle struck Megan Fabieniak of Toronto, who was lying in the sand, the prosecutor’s office said.
During the course of an investigation by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI Unit, detectives learned that Fabieniak had been reading on the beach at the time of the incident. Police found that the woman was struck by the front wheel of the vehicle. The truck then “stopped on top of” her.
Rescue workers responded and removed Fabieniak from underneath the truck and provided medical attention at the scene, the prosecutor’s office said. According to police, Fabieniak was then taken to Atlantic City Medical Center with minor injuries to her arm and leg. She was listed in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon.
The driver of the vehicle was transported to Southern Ocean County Hospital where police say he agreed to provide blood samples for chemical testing as well as a recorded statement of the incident.
Authorities are continuing the investigation. Police have not announced any charges against Archer.