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3-car accident in New Jersey leaves 1 person dead

People's lives can be forever altered in a matter of seconds.  This is especially true if someone is involved in a serious car accident.  One second, a New Jersey resident can be driving without a care in the world, and in the next moment, things can go terribly wrong.

For example, it took only a matter of seconds for a three vehicle crash to take place.  A vehicle driving southbound was suddenly slammed into by an eastbound pickup truck.  The impact was hard enough to toss the two vehicles around an intersection on Route 36.  While the vehicles were spinning, a Cadillac CTS that was traveling behind the pickup truck was unable to avoid colliding with both of the vehicles. 

The 60-year-old woman driving the southbound vehicle suffered serious injuries in the crash, which took place at about 6:30 a.m.  Officials say she succumbed to her injuries at the scene, and she was officially pronounced dead at about 8:52 a.m.  The pickup truck driver suffered injuries serious enough to warrant transporting him to a trauma unit.  His current condition and the nature and extent of his injuries was not reported.  The Cadillac driver suffered injuries described only as minor.

Officials were still investigating the scene hours later, attempting to determine exactly what happened.  The party or parties that are ultimately deemed to be at fault in this car accident could face civil action for damages permissible under New Jersey law.  However, it will first be necessary to establish negligence that caused or substantially contributed to the injuries and/or death before the court will consider awarding any damages. 

Source: nj.com, "Woman, 60, killed in three-car crash on Route 36 in Hazlet", Rob Spahr, Sept. 20, 2014

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