Toll worker with ‘premonition’ called out of work before truck crashed into booth

Jessica Daley says she doesn't always listen to her gut but this time she did.

Naomi Yané

Apr 17, 2024, 12:27 AM

Updated 39 days ago

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A toll collector escapes possible injury because of what she says was divine intervention.
Jessica Daley says she doesn't always listen to her gut but this time she did and didn't go to work this past Friday.
"The morning of the accident we had like really bad storms, and I woke up around 2 a.m. and I just had like a really bad gut feeling that something was going to happen. When my alarm went off at 4 a.m. the wind and the rain still sounded really bad and I just had a horrible feeling that if I drove into work I was going to get into a car accident...so I called out,” says Daley.
Just after 6 a.m. on Friday, April 12, state troopers responded to a crash on the southbound Garden State Parkway at the Barnegat Toll Plaza. According to police, a pickup truck was stopped in the full-service lane when a garbage truck crashed into the toll plaza, injuring the driver of the garbage truck and the toll booth attendant who replaced Daley that morning
"Part of me feels kind of bad because I called out and people got hurt,” she says.
This is not the first a vehicle has come in contact with the toll plaza. Daley recounts another time a truck got too close.
"His mirror hit my booth and went like exploded everywhere and it scared me because it was so loud,” she says.
Daley says she has a message for drivers to slow down especially when going through tolls.
"People are always flying through the lanes, like even full service. Because full service does pick up E-ZPass. There's a lot of time I'm sitting in my booth working and people just fly through my booth doing 80 and I'm like, ‘There's a person sitting here,’” Daley says.
New Jersey State Police say the toll booth employee who was injured was taken to the hospital and released. The Daley family is thankful that both Daley and her colleague lived to see another day.
"The further time goes by I get more emotional because I really feel terrible for everybody involved, and everybody had a miracle that day, not just us,” says Daley’s mother Jessica.
Daley says she prays every day and believes in guardian angels, and she says she believes her boyfriend who died two years ago was the force that intervened that morning forcing her to stay home.


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