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3-car accident kills 1, injures 4

A three-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike resulted in the death of one man on June 13. The deceased car accident victim, a 45-year-old man, was a passenger in a car that was rear-ended at a tollbooth by another car. Police closed three toll lanes on the Turnpike for several hours after the accident in order to conduct their investigation.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike Extension in Jersey City around 6:15 a.m. A Lincoln Town Car driven by a 24-year-old Jersey City man was moving through a tollbooth near exit 14C when it struck a stopped Toyota. The Toyota was pushed to the left across a cone median and into the path of an Infiniti, which struck the Toyota, causing both vehicles to come to a stop in the lanes of Interchange 14C. A passenger in the Toyota, a 45-year-old Brooklyn man, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Four other people suffered unspecified injuries in the accident. Emergency crews took them to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment. A New Jersey State Trooper said that none of the other four victims suffered life-threatening injuries. Reports indicated that police did not immediately cite or arrest any of the drivers involved.

Although rear-end collisions are not often fatal, they occasionally lead to worse incidents. Chain-reaction accidents sometimes occur because of drivers operating at inappropriately high speeds, causing further collisions and serious or fatal injuries. Injured people or the families of deceased victims could try to seek compensation from negligent drivers for their injuries or other damages by filing personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits.

Source: NJ.com, "Brooklyn man dead, 4 injured in Jersey City Turnpike crash: police", Vonecia Carswell, June 13, 2014

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