- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) - An alleged drunken driver who authorities say tried to run away from state police on a northern New Jersey highway was seriously injured when he was struck by a tractor-trailer.

But the head injury suffered by Thomas McDermott, of Andover, is not considered life-threatening.

State police tell The Record (https://bit.ly/1lURivC) that troopers responded to Route 80 eastbound in Woodland Park just after 5 a.m. Wednesday after a caller reported a car was headed westbound in the eastbound right shoulder.

Troopers soon found the car, but the driver fled on foot.

About 20 minutes later, a tractor-trailer driver called police and said he thought he had hit a pedestrian on the westbound side of the highway. Troopers soon found the 49-year-old McDermott in the center median on a concrete barrier.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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