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Trooper Eli McCarson

Trooper Eli McCarson

QUINTON TOWNSHIP, New Jersey — A New Jersey state trooper was killed in a crash as he was responding to a domestic dispute call in Quinton Township Thursday morning

The accident happened around 10:45 a.m. on Quinton-Alloway Road, near the intersection of Rt. 49.

State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said Trooper Eli McCarson’s vehicle went off the right side of the road and into an electric utility pole and was trapped for a short time inside the car while rescuers tried to open the jammed doors.

He was then transported to Salem hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after noon. The crash is under investigation.

McCarson, 30, of Gloucester County, was a member of the 155th State Police Class, which graduated February 20, 2015. He was working out of Woodstown Station. He was married.

“Whether it’s facing an armed assailant, or responding to a critical call on a rainy day, troopers and other law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect every member of the public,” Col. Fuentes said. “This is a tragic loss for us, made even worse during this holiday season, but I know our troopers will not flinch. They will continue their duties and answer every call with others in mind, just as Trooper Eli McCarson was doing when he gave his life in the line of duty.”