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Man killed in New Jersey Turnpike accident

According to New Jersey State Police, a man and his daughter were killed in a New Jersey Turnpike accident when their vehicle was rear-ended by another. As a result, the vehicle was pushed through a toll plaza and then struck by a third vehicle.

State Police have confirmed that the 48-year-old driver of the vehicle, as well as his 5-year-old daughter, both residents of Bayonne, were killed in the accident that occurred during the late afternoon hours.

A preliminary investigation shows that the man was slowing down with traffic in lane 10 of the toll plaza. It was at that time that a 36-year-old man driving a Mercedes-Benz hit him from behind. At this time, investigators are unsure of how fast both vehicles were traveling at the time of the collision.

What is known is that the impact pushed the man's vehicle through the tolls and into the eastbound lane of traffic. It was then that a 51-year-old man driving a van struck the vehicle.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the young girl was transported to Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health. She was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

As of now, no charges have been filed.

The New Jersey Turnpike is a dangerous place to drive, as there are many vehicles in close proximity to one another. Even so, this type of accident should never occur so close to a toll plaza, as all vehicles should be traveling slowly. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents often occur when they shouldn't, thus causing serious injuries or fatalities as a result.

Source: NJ.com, "Car in fatal Turnpike crash was rear-ended before toll plaza, State Police say," Patrick Villanova, The Jersey Journal, Feb. 23, 2016

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