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Inmate killed in prison van crash, others injured

According to New Jersey State Police, a state prison inmate was recently killed in a van accident. The 44-year-old man from Elizabeth was killed in an accident when the prison van in which he was driving crashed into the back of a flatbed tow truck.

Along with the death of this inmate, five others were injured in the accident that occurred on Route 55 at 1:43 p.m. At this time, the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

The other people who suffered injuries included: another inmate, the van driver, and two senior correction officers.

According to a state police spokesman, early details from the investigation show that the van hit the rear end of the tow truck in the right travel lane. As a result, the tow truck, which was transporting a vehicle, was pushed across the southbound lane.

At this time, there is no additional information available regarding where or why the prisoners were being transported.

After the accident, the injured parties were immediately transferred to local medical centers for treatment. The deceased man was taken to Inspira Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Others were also treated at Inspira Medical Center, or airlifted to AlantiCare Regional Medical Center

The condition of the injured has not been made public.

Regardless of what types of vehicles are involved in an accident, the chance of injury or death is very real. It doesn't matter where a person is situated in a vehicle, from the driver seat to a backseat, when vehicles collide it is never easy to avoid injury.

Source:, "Police identify N.J. prison inmate killed in van crash," Bill Gallo Jr., Jan. 22, 2016

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