A 23-year-old New Jersey man and two other people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Route 287 Saturday night that involved a passenger van, a car and a truck towing a cattle trailer, police said. The Jersey Journal reports.
The driver of the car and two people traveling in the van died as a result of the crash.
New Jersey State Police said the driver of a 2003 Dodge Ram truck pulled onto the right shoulder of the roadway to repair the cattle trailer he was towing.
The trailer was struck around 10:30 p.m. by a 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by Ravi Naik, 23, of Hillsborough, police said. Naik parked on the right shoulder after the collision and exited his vehicle, according to police.
A 2003 Ford passenger van carrying 13 people (Employees from a Chinese restaurant in Basking Ridge), including driver Xu Feng Ma, traveled onto the right shoulder and hit a guardrail, the cattle trailer and the truck before hitting Naik, New Jersey State Police said in a news release issued Sunday morning.
The van then traveled across the northbound lanes and hit the left guardrail, police said.
Naik was pronounced dead at 11:35 p.m at Morristown Medical Center, police said.
Two passengers in the van were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 1:40 a.m. but their names have not yet been released.
Police said the next of kin has not yet been notified for one of those passengers and the identity of the other has not yet been determined.
The driver of the truck was taken to Overlook Medical Center with minor injuries. Police identified the truck driver as Troy Chase, 43, of Pittston, Maine.
The driver of the van and three other passengers were taken to Morristown Medical Center and seven other passengers in the van were transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Somerset with non-life threatening injuries.
Several cattle also died as a result of the crash, according to police.
Residents who said they never hear noise from the highway were startled by the sound of the crash Saturday night.
Kevin Canderg, of Brookside Avenue, said he was watching college football with his wife around 10:30 p.m. when “we heard a really loud series of bangs.”
“It was enough that we actually looked out the window to see if it was closer to our house,” Canderg said. “We don’t even hear highway noise around 287.”
Canderg said he heard another bang roughly 15 minutes later and helicopters flying low over the area soon after.
New Jersey State Police said the accident is under investigation and there are no charges at this time.
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