HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — One man is in custody and another is in critical condition after an altercation took place on the shoulder of Route 40 Thursday morning.
At 10:46 a.m., township police responded to a report of a domestic violence incident along Route 40 near Cantillon Boulevard. Police said Calvin Wiggins, 24, of Sicklerville, Camden County, was attacking his girlfriend near the NJ Transit bus stop.
A driver passing the scene witnessed the assault and stopped to intervene. Police said when the driver exited his vehicle, Wiggins punched him in the face. The victim fell to the ground and suffered critical injuries, according to police.
Paramedics took the injured driver to the trauma center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City, where, police said, he was in critical condition.
A second vehicle stopped at the scene to assist but struck a street sign, which punctured the fuel tank, spilling gasoline across the roadway, police said.
Fire crews from Cologne and Mays Landing volunteer fire companies worked at the scene, as well as the Atlantic County Hazardous Material unit, to clean the road.
The portion of Route 40 from Cantillon Boulevard to James Holmes Boulevard was closed while officials cleared the scene. Route 40 was reopened about 12:30 p.m.
Police said Wiggins was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of marijuana. He was held in the Atlantic County jail in Mays Landing for the charges and a parole detainer.