April 7, 2011 - Mount Laurel, NJ - A New Jersey Turnpike crash claimed the life of a motorist on the morning of April 5.
ABC Action News 6 reports did not specify what led to the accident but did say that a car collided with a tractor trailer hauling vegetables near milepost 37 of the turnpike. The force of the collision, which happened in the turnpike's southbound lanes in Mount Laurel, turned the truck on its side, scattering vegetables along the northbound lanes.
The car's driver, who was not identified in the article, was declared dead at the scene of the crash. The truck driver, who also was not identified, was not said to have sustained any serious injuries.
The fatal New Jersey Turnpike truck crash, which happened just before 9 a.m., closed down the turnpike for hours. By the time of the article's posting at 3:30 p.m. that day, the roadway was once again open.
When you combine the fast-moving traffic of the New Jersey Turnpike with the sheer size of tractor trailers, the potential for catastrophe in an accident is great. In fact, according to 2009 numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 69 of the state's 583 traffic fatalities occurred in an accident involving a large truck.
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