HAMILTON – A serious car crash early Friday morning put two people in the hospital, including a Hamilton police officer.

Around 12:18 a.m. police responded to a crash on Route 40 involving a Hamilton police cruiser.

The investigation showed that Officer James Longo was sitting in his car conducting traffic enforcement around milepost 42 when a vehicle traveling eastbound crossed the center line and smashed into Longo’s patrol car.

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The second vehicle, operated by David McAvaddy, 41, of Egg Harbor Township, continued several hundred feet down Route 40 before stopping in a front yard.

Longo was transported by Hamilton Rescue Squad to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Division.

McAvaddy was extricated from his vehicle and airlifted by state police to the center’s trauma unit.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and neither sustained life-threatening injuries.

Route 40 between Landis and Estelle avenues was closed for approximately three hours.

The investigation is on-going.

Assisting at the scene were Hamilton Rescue, Mizpah and Mays Landing fire departments, AtlantiCare paramedics, state police from the Buena Barracks and the state police medevac helicopter.

Steve Hughes

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