Newark Police officials reported life-threatening injuries for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on a highway in the city early Saturday morning.
According to a preliminary investigation, police were called to the northbound local lanes of Route 1&9 near mile marker 47.6 (Route 21) to investigate reports of a person down around 5 a.m.
Upon arrival, police found the severely hurt construction worker suffering head injuries after a vehicle lost control and struck the victim, temporarily pinning him into a truck at that location.
Police say heavy traffic conditions on the roadway hampered EMS's ability to get to the victim, forcing officers to shut down traffic on the highway.
The unidentified man, around 55-years-old, was rushed to University Hospital for treatment and remained in critical condition.
The incident is under investigation by The Newark Police Department.