A massive 40-car pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike resulted in the death of one person, and left dozens of others injured. Icy conditions are believed to have played a part in the massive pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey State Police said Tuesday.
The accidents occurred just before 9:15 p.m. Monday night during a mix of rain and snow flurries and below-freezing temperatures in Cranbury, New Jersey.
Police said there were multiple crashes involving 40 cars on both the inner and outer southbound lanes of the turnpike, including tractor-trailers, box trucks and a fully loaded tour bus, CBS New York reported.
One driver captured cellphone video footage of flames and smoke towering over the scene after a car caught fire.
Police said 52-year-old Darryl Williams of Bordentown was trapped in his Toyota Corolla as a result of a chain reaction crash involving 13 vehicles on the outer roadway, causing his death. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
State Police say two-tractor trailers obstructed the road when they lost control in the truck lanes as they attempted to avoid earlier crashes. Police say this event triggered a chain-reaction crash involving 13 vehicles, in which Williams became entrapped in his car.
21 vehicles were involved in crashes in the car lanes.
State police say none of the dozens others who are injured have life-threatening injuries.
A turnpike employee said road crews had been out salting the roads all day.
“It just all of the sudden froze up,” he told 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “It was a multi-car pileup, both roadways — inner and outer.”
Southbound truck lanes reopened Tuesday morning close to 12 hours after the massive pileup accidents. Southbound car lanes reopened earlier as well.
The exact causes of the crashes remain under investigation.
40-Car Pileup On NJ Turnpike Leaves 1 Dead, Dozens Injured