One Dead, Three Injured in NJ Turnpike Accident

One Dead, Three Injured in NJ Turnpike Accident

Author: Ed Lieber/Tuesday, May 13, 2014/Categories: New Jersey Accidents

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An accused drunken driver crashed into a concrete barrier on the New Jersey Turnpike in North Jersey early Sunday morning, resulting in the death of one man and injuries to three other people.

State police told The Star-Ledger that the crash happened around 1:25 a.m. Sunday in a northbound lane in Newark.  Police say the car was headed northbound near mile marker 104 on the turnpike at the time of the crash. The car started rotating clockwise, crossed over the right two lanes and struck a barrier “before overturning and sliding across the roadway,” The Star-Ledger reported.

The man who was killed was ejected from the front passenger side of the black 2005 Nissan Maxima when the driver lost control of the car and crashed into the barrier. The man, a 32-year-old man from Newark, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

A second male passenger suffered a severe neck injury, according to The Star-Ledger. At last report, that passenger was in serious, but stable condition. 

The driver and a female passenger suffered only minor injuries and were transferred to University Hospital in Newark, according to The Star-Ledger. The driver was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs, The Star Ledger reported.

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