New Jersey pileup includes loaded tour bus: The domino effect of freeway crashes

New Jersey pileup includes loaded tour bus: The domino effect of freeway crashes


06/17/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)

A multi-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike turned deadly after one of the drivers involved became trapped in his vehicle. The man, a worker with the U.S. Postal Service, died after sustaining serious injuries. He had just recently been inducted into the High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Source: Victim identified in New Jersey Turnpike pileup in Cranbury

“Two tractor-trailers obstructed the road when they lost control in the truck lanes as they attempted to avoid earlier crashes, triggering a chain-reaction crash involving 13 vehicles in which Daryl Williams, 52, of Bordentown, N.J., became trapped in his car and died, state police said.”

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Reports say that 40 vehicles were involved in a series of crashes on the interstate after the accidents began shortly before 9:15 p.m. on the night of Feb. 9. Included in the types of vehicles involved were a fully loaded tour bus, box trucks, and several tractor-trailers and passenger cars.

Source: CBS News Report “Multi-vehicle wreck on N.J. Turnpike turns deadly”

“State Police say the vehicles involved in the crash include several cars, four tractor-trailers, two box trucks and a fully loaded bus…State police say many people were injured.”

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Investigators are still seeking to determine the initial cause of the massive pileup; however, weather conditions at the time are stated to have likely played a role. According to police, two of the tractor-trailers involved lost control while in truck lanes and triggered a chain reaction of accidents. The drivers were reportedly attempting to avoid wrecks that had occurred previously, but obstructed the road after losing control.

The New Jersey Turnpike, which was opened in 1951, stretches for approximately 123 miles. The toll road is stated to be one of the most traveled in the nation, with thousands of crashes having occurred on various areas of the freeway over the course of several decades. Many include chain reaction crashes that have proven fatal.

Multiple-vehicle collisions are among the deadliest forms of traffic accidents. These occur with higher frequency on high-speed and high capacity roadways. Sudden accidents on these routes including freeways like the New Jersey Turnpike can have a domino effect on triggering additional crashes due to the limited time other drivers have to stop their vehicles or safely change course in order to avoid further incident.

Being the sixth most trafficked toll road in the country, the New Jersey Turnpike is one that has seen a significant number of chain reaction wrecks over time.

Multiple injuries were reported for those involved in the series of accidents that occurred on Feb. 9. The majority of those with injuries were on the tour bus. Other than those sustained by Williams, none of the injuries were stated to have been life threatening. Victims were transported to various area hospitals including Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, as noted in the ABC 7 news report.

The chain reaction crash remained under investigation at the time of the reports. Icy road conditions and inclement weather were suspected to be a factor. No tickets were reportedly issued to any of the drivers in connection with the accidents.

The speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike was raised by the New Jersey Legislature from 55 mph to 65 mph in 1997.

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