2 Killed in Five-Vehicle Crash on NJ Turnpike

Cops say it appears crash happened after a car pulled over after hitting debris

Friday, Dec 24, 2010  |  Updated 12:46 PM EDT
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Holiday Horror: 2 Killed, 5 Hurt in Five-Vehicle Crash on NJ Turnpike

Two men were killed and five others were hurt early Friday in a five-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The accident on the eastern spur in Ridgefield forced the closure of southbound lanes for about five hours, creating major travel delays.

State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones says the accident occurred around 6:40 a.m. when a minivan apparently struck some tire debris from a tractor-trailer truck.

Some people in the minivan then got out to check for damage and one person -- a New York City man in his early 60s -- was struck by a van driven by 40-year-old Francisco Martinez of North Bergen.

Martinez then got out of his van and was struck by another vehicle. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, but details on their conditions were not disclosed.

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