The first car was stopped.
The second one was slowing down.
The third was going so fast that its air bag was triggered, and the collision sent two of the Monday-morning commuters to a nearby hospital for complaints of pain.
Any way you slice it, that's a crummy way to start the week.
Collingswood Police Chief Richard Sarlo said that officers responded to the scene of the multi-vehicle accident—Route 130 at Comly Avenue; right around the Sunoco gas station—around 8:36 a.m. December 3.
The roadway was wet, "but not horribly," he said, and there were no indications that ongoing construction projects on the highway played a factor in the incident.
"The driver of the first vehicle was stopped in traffic in the left lane," at the time of the accident, Sarlo said. "The final vehicle did sustain the most amount of damage and had an air bag deployment."
Even for those uninvolved in the accident, the resultant debris took until 9:20 a.m. to clear from the busy stretch of Route 130 northbound—right at the peak of rush hour.
Despite the degree of the impact, Sarlo said, police had received "no reports of any serious injuries" sustained in the collision.