Two people died after a van hit a tree along South Jersey Rd. Tuesday morning. Police was able to identify only one of the two people who were killed in the wreck.
Investigators reported that six people were traveling northbound in a Chevrolet 2003 van along R- 55 in Franklin Twp around 6:15 o’clock in the morning.
Based on NJ State Police report, the operator of the vehicle somehow lost control and swerved off the northbound lanes of the highway and hit a tree.
As news helicopter hovered above the area, they hovered overhead the area, they could see emergency crews freeing people from the badly-damaged van. It appeared that its front-end was nearly completely pushed inward and its door flung off to the side. The injured were placed on stretchers.
The unidentified driver, as well as one of his passengers, Norma Santiago, age 47 was both killed in the crash.
The other injured were Carlos Gonzalez, age 31, resident of Bridgeton, NJ; Regina Fortoso, age 25 & Jose Santiago, age 37, from Bridgeton and Angel Rodriguez, age 48, from Vineland were airlifted to the University Hospital of Cooper in critical condition.
According to investigators, at the time of the accident only the driver was wearing a seatbelt.
Investigators learned that the victims were employed in Ambrogi Foods and were on their way to the processing facility of Kristy’s Kuts in West Deptford. Officials said that it was Santiago’s first day on the job.
President Jerry Ambrogi of J. Ambrogi Food said it was a big tragedy that impacted everybody in the company. Their hearts and prayers go out to all their friends and their families.
Investigators are trying to find out what caused the van to veer off the road.
Due to the crash, traffic was slow along R- 55 going north at mile-marker near the U.S. interchange R-40. For hours, traffic was closed for hours as the crews were investigating the deadly wreck.
At the same time, another accident that occurred that Tuesday morning in Woolwich going north side of the New Jersey Turnpike.
A driver died after a two-vehicle crash that stopped traffic down the lanes along the NJ Turnpike early this morning.
The crash took place at about 5:25 o’clock in the morning that snarled traffic northbound as it approached Exit 2 in Woolwich Twp, Gloucester County, N.J.
State Police said reported that a black BMW collided with the rig of a tractor-trailer as both vehicles were traveling north near mile-marker 14. After the collision, both vehicles were on fire.
According to police, the operator of the car died on the scene but the driver of the big rig wasn’t hurt.
Emergency crews doused the flame from the smoking debris after the crash. The car was pinned beneath the back of the badly charred rig as it rested on shoulder of the road.
The area was closed as crews tried to figure out how the car wound up under the trailer. It took a hours to clear the wreck.
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Sources: NBC Philadelphia Com