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Police: Pickup, driver sought in Corzine crash found

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Driver of red pickup found, police say; no charges
Police use surveillance cameras, toll info to track truck
• Corzine undergoes "uneventful" surgery to clean leg wound
• Governor shows no sign of brain damage, doctors say
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CAMDEN, New Jersey (CNN) -- The driver of the pickup that may have been involved in the crash that critically injured New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has been found, police said late Saturday afternoon.

Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said the vehicle and driver were identified Friday evening with help from the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Department, surveillance cameras and toll information.

The name of the 20-year-old Atlantic County man was being withheld because there were no charges against him, Fuentes said in a written statement. He said the driver works at an Atlantic City casino.

"The statement of the driver of the red Ford pickup indicates that he was unaware that he caused this accident which unfolded as the other two vehicles passed him. He stated that he pulled back onto the road and left the area, believing that he was not involved," Fuentes said.

State police investigators were examining the truck Saturday and interviewing more witnesses, Fuentes said. (Watch EMS workers evacuate the injured amid crash wreckage Video)

Corzine on Saturday underwent an "uneventful" second operation on his badly injured left leg and remains in intensive care two days after his SUV crashed on the highway, his surgeon said. Doctors also said tests show no signs of brain damage.

The governor remained in critical but stable condition at Cooper University Hospital in Camden and showed slow signs of improvement after an hour-long operation to clean up a 15-centimeter (6-inch) leg wound, his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Ostrum, said. The operation was to prevent infection.

The governor's left femur was broken in two places and protruded through the skin when his SUV, driven by a New Jersey state trooper, crashed Thursday on the Garden State Parkway in Galloway Township, just north of Atlantic City.

The governor was a front-seat passenger and, according to his spokesman Anthony Coley, apparently was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. (Watch chief of staff say injured governor should get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt Video)

Corzine also suffered several broken ribs on each side, a broken sternum, a broken collarbone and a slightly fractured lower vertebra. Ostrum has said Corzine also had a large cut on his face that was repaired by a plastic surgeon.

Doctors stressed Corzine did not suffer brain damage.

"When he arrived, he was awake, talking to us and he was CAT-scanned. It was negative for sign of injury," said Dr. Steven Ross, head of trauma at the hospital. (Read about Corzine's background and career)

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A New Jersey state trooper who was in the motorcade is evacuated after the crash Thursday night.



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