Man struck by 50-pound dumbbell on New Jersey Turnpike remains in critical condition

A Mercer County man whose SUV was struck by a 50-pound dumbbell while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike in Salem County remains in critical condition at a hospital in Pennsylvania.

Jack DeCarlo was headed to his vacation home in South Carolina with his wife Monday when the dumbbell struck his windshield, causing the SUV to veer off the road.

New Jersey State Police are now investigating whether the dumbbell was intentionally thrown or if the incident was an accident.

"It's one of the stranger accidents we've investigated," says Sgt. Jeff Flynn. "Detectives are working around the clock, they're checking the area and checking the overpasses. Right now we're asking for the public's assistance."

Sgt. Flynn says that sometimes motorists use dumbbells to weigh down tarps on their vehicles so it is possible the dumbbell fell off the back of a flatbed truck.

DeCarlo was taken to the hospital by helicopter. His wife suffered minor injuries. The couple's family is praying someone comes forward to let police know what happened.

"We don't know if someone intentionally did it. It's just a freak thing. It's a shame," says Jim DeCarlo, the victim's son.

Anyone who might have any information about the incident is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Moorestown Station at 856-273-3228.

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