Tragedy struck on the New Jersey Turnpike as an accident between a tractor-trailer and a minivan left a New York City teenager dead and three other people seriously injured Friday night.
State police say 15-year-old girl from Brooklyn was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in South Brunswick, CBS New York reported.
Three other people in the minivan, a 12-year-old girl and two adults, were transported to the hospital where they were treated for undisclosed injuries. It was not clear if the victims were related.
Police say a man was driving northbound in the right lane when the minivan slowed down or stopped shortly before midnight. The vehicle was then rear-ended by the tractor-trailer, according to CBS New York.
Charges were not immediately filed, but the investigation was ongoing.
Last month a truck driver suffered serious injuries when his tractor-trailer ran off the New Jersey Turnpike and was left dangling in flames over a creek.
The driver, identified as a 66-year-old man from Vails Gate, in Orange County, was heading north near Overpeck County Park in Ridgefield when he lost control of his rig at 5:35 a.m. on August 19, a New Jersey State Police source to the New York Post.
The trailer careened over the guardrail and was left hanging over the edge of an overpass. The driver proceeded to either jump or fall into the creek, police said. The driver was rescued and helicopter to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, where he was treated for severe burns, Trooper Jeff Flynn from the New Jersey State police told the New York Post.
The vehicle caught fire and the driver found a way to get out of the cab before he sustained potential fatal burns, State troopers Jason Serrano told the New York Post. A portion of the seatbelt was actually found burnt onto the man’s body.
The troopers formed a human chain and used a fire department basket to rescue the driver, who was then airlifted to a hospital.