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LI trucker trapped on cliff rescued in N.J.

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - Firefighters rappelled down a steep embankment to rescue a tractor-trailer driver trapped when his rig skidded off the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel.

The accident occurred in the northbound lanes near Exit 4 in Mount Laurel when a van exiting the James Fenimore Cooper Service Area collided with the truck around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The truck driver, 41-year-old Raymond Joaneme of North Babylon, N.Y., was trapped for about two hours before being freed by Mount Laurel firefighters trained in high-angle rescues.

Joaneme suffered a broken leg and shoulder, along with facial injuries. He was flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

The van driver, 67-year-old John Monrow Jr. of Mount Laurel, was treated at the hospital and released.

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