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Turtle turns N.J. road into collision course

turtle tortoise
AP

AP

(AP) GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Why did the turtle cross the road?

That's what several drivers in southern New Jersey would like to know, after one tortoise trekking down the highway was largely to blame for turning the turnpike into a demolition derby.

Police say a 3-car wreck resulted when a motorist in an Infiniti slowed to avoid hitting a turtle on a road in Galloway Township Wednesday.

Police say Dominique Flipping of Mays Landing then struck that vehicle from behind, crossed the center line and slammed into a Ford driven by Julio Pagan of Sewell. Pagan's vehicle hit a utility pole and crashed through a billboard.

Two people in the Infiniti sustained minor injuries.

Flipping got a ticket for careless driving.

The turtle was found safe under the Infiniti and released into the woods.

Slow and steady.