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2 serious car accidents with injuries on I-78 on the same day

New Jersey police officers were busy on a recent Sunday. Two separate car accidents on Interstate 78 caused heavy traffic delays on that highway, Route 31 and Route 22, along with Interstate 278, for hours. One person died and several others were injured in the first crash. Two people were seriously hurt in the second wreck.

In the first accident, an eastbound SUV driver lost control, which sent the vehicle off the roadway into the embankment between the two sides of Interstate 78 at approximately 1:26 p.m., and then flew into the westbound lanes and crashed into two vehicles. Then a fourth vehicle hit the SUV. A Connecticut woman succumbed to the injuries she suffered in the crash. The other passenger, a 31-year-old man who was also in the back seat, suffered severe injuries. The 58-year-old driver of the SUV and a passenger in one of the vehicles it struck were taken from the scene by helicopter, but no information on their current conditions was available.

The second accident occurred on the same morning. During a lane change, another SUV struck a car. Both vehicles hit the guardrail, but the SUV overturned. Its driver and passenger were last listed as being in stable condition. No serious injuries were reported from the other vehicle.

The victims of each of these car accidents -- along with the family of the deceased woman -- retain the right to file civil actions against the parties believed to be responsible. If the evidence establishes that the injuries suffered by the victims in these crashes were due to the negligence of another, a New Jersey court might consider an award of damages. Any monetary restitution received could help defray the financial losses incurred by the victims and/or their families.

Source: nj.com, "Connecticut woman killed in Sunday's I-78 accident", Jeff Goldman and Craig Turpin, Aug. 29, 2016

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