VIDEO: I-78 Re-opens After Serious Accident

Traffic was backed up for hours

Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 8:13 PM EDT
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A serious two-car accident shut down part of I-78 in Springfield, N.J. Monday afternoon.

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A serious two-car accident shut down part of I-78 in Springfield, N.J. Monday afternoon.

All lanes of I-78 in Springfield, N.J. have re-opened after a serious accident shut down the eastbound lanes near exit 48 earlier Monday evening.

The accident happened just before Route 24, near where the express and local lanes split, at about 3:30 p.m., according to police. 

One vehicle was apparently traveling westbound on I-78 when it left the highway and crossed through the center median into the other direction of travel. It crashed through the guardrail and struck head-on a vehicle going eastbound, pushing it all the way over to the right shoulder. 

One woman was sent to the hospital in an ambulance, and a man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

The highway was closed so the helicopter could land. Lanes were closed for several hours. Police are continuing to investigate. 

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