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New Jersey car accidents: Two die after van plunges into icy lake

A family is in shock after learning that their loved ones perished following a horrific crash recently. This family will never be the same because of this tragedy on a New Jersey highway. Fatal car accidents can have an emotional impact on families for years following the incident.

Authorities say the accident happened at about 4:30 p.m. A 52-year-old husband and his 50-year-old wife were in traffic on the northbound on Route 130 when a sedan slammed into the rear of their van. The impact forced the minivan over the guardrail and into the icy waters of the lake below. Multiple fire departments and rescue squads were dispatched to help in the life-saving efforts.

Car accidents involving wrong-way drivers often end in tragedy

A serious car accident left a 65-year-old man fighting for his life and a woman facing charges. The crash happened at 10:30 p.m. On a recent Monday night on Route 17 South in New Jersey. Authorities say the woman was driving the wrong way in the northbound lane when she crashed head-on into another vehicle. Car accidents involving wrong-way drivers often end tragically. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they found two vehicles with significant damage to their front ends and two people trapped in their cars. Both drivers were freed from the wreckage and transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. The male victim is in critical condition, and the woman driver is listed as serious. The accident closed the road to traffic until Tuesday morning.

New Jersey car accidents: Police lieutenant dies after crash

A minor fender bender typically ends with an exchange of information and perhaps an apology. That was not the case on a recent Friday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike when a police lieutenant died while assisting another motorist. Car accidents of this nature are becoming more common because many drivers do not move over for emergency vehicles.

Officials say the 49-year-old police officer was driving to work when he was involved in a car accident with a delivery truck. Authorities reported that the officer was outside of his car assisting the other driver when he was struck by a pickup truck. Reportedly, the impact was so powerful that he died at the scene. The Jersey City mayor described the man as a devoted police officer whose first concern was to save others, and that is what he was doing when he died.

New Jersey car accidents: Two airlifted out after crash

Nothing is more heart wrenching than finding out that our family members have been injured. Two families are holding vigils for their loved ones' today after a car crash left them seriously injured. The victims were airlifted from the accident scene and taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden New Jersey. Sadly, car accidents such as this happen all too frequently.

While the crash remains under investigation, New Jersey State Police claim a large commercial truck traveling northbound failed to yield the right of way at a busy intersection. Authorities believe but could not confirm that the truck collided with a westbound SUV and an eastbound pickup truck at the same time. The impact caused those vehicles to become lodged underneath the large truck.

Car accidents: 3-car crash claims the life of a man and his dog

Losing a family member and his beloved dog in a senseless accident is heartbreaking. Today a family is mourning the loss of their loved one and the family pet. The two were killed in a horrific crash Friday night when two separate vehicles on a New Jersey highway struck his car. According to a news release, the multi-car accident closed the roadway for hours that night and into the next morning. Car accidents such as this can leave families devastated.

Authorities said the 71-year-old man was driving eastbound on the highway when his car was rammed from behind by a pickup truck. The impact of the crash propelled the man's vehicle into oncoming traffic, and he was struck again by an SUV. The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries and received treatment at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The driver of the pickup truck and his passengers were not injured.

Drunk driving accidents: Man dies in chain-reaction crash

A man is dead because of injuries he sustained in a multi-car crash involving a drunk driver. The driver who caused the collision is facing a multitude of charges, including vehicular homicide. The state of New Jersey takes drunk driving accidents very seriously and imposes harsh penalties on people who break the law.

Police report that the crash occurred around 4:00 p.m. at a busy intersection in Readington Township. The man was driving northbound when a pickup truck driven by a Connecticut resident plowed into the back of his car, causing him to strike another vehicle. Emergency personnel transported the 57-year-old man to Hunterdon Medical Center where he later died. No other injuries were reported.

Drunk driving accidents kills 1, injures 6

A traffic accident that results in loss of life is a tragedy. However, when people die because of drunk driving accidents, it is especially horrific. A family is mourning the death of their loved one because one person drove drunk. In New Jersey and every other state, there are steep penalties for drunk driving.

A serious crash occurred Dec. 22 at about 3:30 p.m. on a two-lane road in Middle Smithfield Township. The operator of a white pickup truck was traveling north when traffic ahead slowed for left turning vehicles. The truck crossed over the yellow lines, striking a silver sedan. Police reported that the pickup truck had stolen license plates, and the driver had a suspended license. Many charges were filed against the driver, including six counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, driving under the influence and manslaughter.

Multi-car accidents claim two lives in fiery crash

Motor vehicle accidents can occur at any time and for a variety of reasons. In New Jersey, multiple families are grieving for loved ones who died or were injured in an early morning crash. A chain reaction of car accidents set off a fiery blaze that killed two people and injured six others.

The accident shut down a major thoroughfare in Edison shortly after 6:00 a.m. State police reported that two cars were possibly involved in a fender bender and were pulled over onto the shoulder of the road. Police theorize that another vehicle may have crashed into the scene, causing a chain reaction pileup of at least seven cars. Witnesses claim that the cars burst into flames from the crash, and the fire was so intense that it rose higher than the trees. 

Police step up patrols to combat drunk driving accidents

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have deadly results. Alcohol can decrease a person's judgment behind the wheel, slowing reaction time and hindering the ability to control a vehicle. Across the United States in 2014, one-third of all drunk driving accidents resulted in fatalities. Drunk driving remains a significant concern in New Jersey and across the country.

Police in New Jersey are adding additional patrols to crack down on drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When a motorist gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs, it often results in tragedy. The program is called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and it is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. 

Animal bites can occur without notice or provocation

We consider dogs to be mans' best friend, though virtually any dog is capable of attacking without warning. A dog may find itself in a stressful situation because it is scared or startled. Animal bites typically occur when a dog feels threatened and feels the need to protect its puppies, food or even a toy. New Jersey, like most states, has a strict liability law that holds owners accountable when their animal bites.

In late November, a woman in another state was walking her two small dogs encountered a 3-year-old boxer. The dog was on a leash, but the handler was not holding it. The woman quickly picked up her smallest dog, named Oreo, as the boxer charged and attacked her Schnauzer Layla. The woman suffered bite wounds on her hand, and her little dog was whimpering and bleeding after suffering several puncture wounds.

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