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Car accidents at highway speeds can end in fiery wreckage

Despite the condition of the wreckage after an accident, it is possible for the vehicle occupants to be rescued and survive. However, in car accidents that end with one or more vehicles bursting into flames, the odds of survival drop dramatically. This was the case in a recent crash on Route 80 here in New Jersey in which one of the three vehicles involved caught fire.

Reports regarding the crash indicate that a Jeep was stopped in one of the westbound lanes of the highway. Behind it was another car, which was also stopped. A third vehicle came along and crashed into the second car. The impact pushed the second car into the Jeep before it burst into flames. The third vehicle flew off the roadway and flipped into an embankment.

Initial reports claimed that only one person died in the crash. However, it recently became known that all three people occupying the second car died in the flames. The driver and passenger in the Jeep suffered unknown injuries that were only described as non life-threatening. Their current conditions are not known. The driver of the third vehicle was taken into custody and was last reported as being held at the Morris County Correctional Facility.

The 22-year-old driver faces numerous charges in connection with the crash. Civil actions could also be filed against him by the families of the three deceased victims and the two injured survivors. Any convictions secured by prosecutors in the criminal proceedings may be of use to help establish negligence in related New Jersey civil court proceedings. Successful claims could result in monetary judgments for damages typically awarded in fatal car accidents.

Source: nj.com, "Man, woman, baby killed in Route 80 crash in Rockaway Township", Justin Zaremba, July 11, 2015

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