State Police have identified the driver of a dump truck that crashed through a concrete barrier and into the Great Egg Harbor Bay Friday as Theodore Parillo, 50, of Tuckerton.
Parillo was driving south on the Garden State Parkway when the black Mack dump truck he was driving struck the concrete barrier on the right side of the bridge and then the concrete median, said Trooper Alina Spies.
The truck, operated by Red Dog Trucking, spun out and veered backwards across both lanes of the parkway before going over the barrier on the right side of the roadway.
"It fell 75 feet into the water," Spies said Saturday. "The initial impact was at the rear of the dump truck and it came to final rest on the passenger side, submerged under water."
Parillo was removed from the truck to a nearby landing zone, she said, and then airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
He remained in critical condition today, she said.
A witness at the scene told The Press a station wagon was also involved in the crash. Spies said she could not confirm that Saturday.
One of the parkway's southbound lanes was closed while police investigated and cleared the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m., delaying traffic at the start of Memorial Day weekend.
Spies said the truck has since been removed from the area and the U.S. Coast Guard deployed a boom to prevent any fuel or oil from contaminating the water.
The accident remains under investigation.