NJ Truck Accident Kills One, Causes “Carmageddon”

Sadly, a dump truck crash in New Jersey killed a person on August 4 and shut down traffic for several hours, resulting in what the media dubbed “carmageddon.” Photo of truck accident

The truck accident occurred along the New Jersey Turnpike at about 10:30 a.m., when the vehicle struck the Wood Avenue overpass in Linden. The truck’s driver was pronounced dead following the crash.

According to ABC News, a fire ignited on the highway because of the crash, as power and gas lines run underneath the bridge that was damaged. It was not until about 12 hours later that all of the lanes on the highway were fully opened and operational, following a cleanup and investigation.

The crash resulted in the word “carmageddon” trending on social media platforms in New Jersey, as people began posting pictures they were taking while waiting in traffic. In one photo, a woman pulled out a beach chair and began sunbathing on the side of the highway.

New Jersey Police said they are continuing to investigate why the truck accident occurred. According to ABC News, about 235 million vehicles commute on the Turnpike each year. In addition to the traffic delays, the accident knocked out power to several industrial plants in the area.

Loved One Injured or Killed in a New Jersey Truck Accident?

It is unfathomable that someone died in this truck accident. Keep in mind, there are signs posted about clearance heights at low overpasses to help drivers avoid collisions. Additionally, there are state and federal regulations dictating how trucks should transport wide-load items.

If your loved one is killed in a truck accident, talk to our Middlesex County injury attorneys about how we can conduct an investigation into the crash. We have several decades of experience representing accident victims and we can determine if negligence or another issue, like mechanical failure, caused a crash to occur.

To see how we have helped truck accident victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page. We represent ALL injury accident victims, including truck drivers, who may be involved in a crash due to the carelessness of other drivers and/or negligence on the part of their employer.

Spevack Law Firm – Middlesex County Injury Attorneys

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/truck-fire-shuts-parts-jersey-turnpike-32878890