Coca-Cola Truck Driver Killed in Jersey Crash

By Glenn Zimmerman
|  Saturday, Dec 5, 2009  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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The weight of the cargo may have contributed to driver's death after he rear-ended another tractor-trailer

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The weight of the cargo may have contributed to driver's death after he rear-ended another tractor-trailer

A Coke truck driver was killed when his rig rear-ended another tractor-trailer in Paramus Saturday morning.

The Coca-Cola truck was headed south on Route 17 near Powers Drive at about 3:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, officials said.  The weight of the Coke cans moved forward during the smash up and the cab of the truck was crushed from both directions. 

"We're still investigating,"  Paramus PD Deputy Chief Jim Sheehan told NBC New York. "The load definitely shifted -- a lot of it is on the highway right now."

A third vehicle, an SUV, ended up in an accident near by as a result of the two trucks' collision, officials.

Three people were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center as a result of the crash, according to Sheehan.

The road, littered with cans, was closed for at least six hours as large construction equipment scooped the cans onto dump trucks. Other trucks spread sand on the soda strewn roadway.

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