Two adults and four children are hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after a tractor-trailer crashed into their SUV, sending the vehicle flying over a wall, down an embankment and onto the shoulder of a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, authorities said.
The truck hit the Honda SUV, which was carrying a man, a woman and four children, near the intersection of Freeway Drive and Clinton Street in East Orange before 9 a.m. The impact sent the SUV over a retention wall and onto Route 280, which runs parallel to Freeway Drive.
Authorities say the SUV plunged at least 14 feet with the victims inside.
Cell phone video captured immediately after the accident showed regular people rushing, along with police and firefighters, to help the victims.
Authorities say the woman and children were able to walk away from the mangled vehicle. The man was trapped inside the vehicle, but EMTs extricated him and brought him to the hospital. He and the other victims are expected to be OK.
The truck driver was not believed to be injured.
The accident is under investigation.