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2 killed, 4 injured in New Jersey car accident

One of many drivers biggest fears is not being able to avoid a crash. The thought of possibly being involved in a car accident may be a horrifying thought for some. A recent crash that took place on New Jersey's Atlantic City Expressway shortly after 7 a.m. could underscore those fears.

According to New Jersey State Police, a 45-year-old woman was headed westbound on the A.C. Expressway when she lost control of her pickup truck. The pickup was occupied by the driver, a 35-year-old man and a 4-year-old boy in the front, while there were three people in the pickup’s back bed ranging from 9 years old to 19 years of age. When the driver lost control, the pickup slammed into a guardrail.

This impact caused the pickup to somersault into the air, ejecting all six occupants from the vehicle as it flipped. The crash killed the man in the cab. The driver and young boy were transported to an area hospital to be treated for unidentified injuries. Unfortunately, the 4-year-old boy did not survive his life-threatening injuries and succumbed to them later that same afternoon. The driver is currently listed in critical condition while the injured that were in the bed of the pickup survived the crash and were hospitalized with a variety of serious injuries.

While New Jersey State Police continue their investigation into this tragic car accident, they are currently questioning why there were people in the back bed at all. It has been determined that no one, including the young boy in the cab, was wearing a seat belt. The report did not indicate whether the deceased boy in the cab was related to the driver, though the family of the deceased 4-year-old may seek assistance in determining what legal steps may be necessary in the aftermath of the tragedy. The family of the deceased male passenger may also file a similar claim. The injured parties in the bed may file a personal injury claim for damages, including any out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "6 Ejected, 2 Killed in Serious Crash Along AC Expressway", Vince Lattanzio and David Chang, June 21, 2014

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