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Fatal truck vs. auto accident on New Jersey Turnpike

Some New Jersey residents know by personal experience that escaping from the wreckage of an accident is not always as easy as opening the vehicle's door. Sometimes, it is possible to wait for emergency responders and survive even with injuries. However, in an auto accident where a vehicle catches fire, if a victim is unable to get out on his or her own, it could end in tragedy.

Troopers with the New Jersey State Police were recently called to an accident that occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. Two vehicles were involved in a crash. After impact, both burst into flames.

One vehicle was a small dump truck and the other was a car described as a sedan often used by car and airport services. Both drivers were able to free themselves, and the sedan driver was taken to a hospital in the area for the injuries he suffered in the crash. The passenger in the car did not get out in time and suffered fatal injuries. For some reason, authorities were not sure at first which vehicle the passenger was in, but it appears that he or she was in the car.

No information concerning what caused the auto accident in the first place was provided. Further investigation may be in order, particularly if the family of the deceased passenger exercises its right to file a wrongful death claim. Such a claim can be filed against the party or parties deemed responsible for the crash, and the gathered evidence will likely be useful in establishing financial liability for all of the parties who caused or contributed to the death of their loved one.

Source: nj.com, "1 dead in fiery crash on N.J. Turnpike in Elizabeth", Paul Milo, Nov. 25, 2014

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