A Thanksgiving Day crash involving a police cruiser and a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a central New Jersey highway left two children dead and three people injured, according the state Attorney General’s Office.
The accident occurred around 11:35 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Routes 1 and 130 in North Brunswick.
The car carrying the children was traveling on the wrong side of the road when it crashed into a marked Old Bridge police cruiser. the attorney general’s office said. The children were pronounced dead a short time later, while two officers and a civilian in the police vehicle were injured.
Authorities have not said if the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was injured or released that person’s name. The names and further details about the children killed and the three injured people were also not disclosed.
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The attorney general’s office is leading the investigation, as state law mandates that it do so any time an encounter with a police officer results in a death. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will also have a role in the probe, authorities said.
It’s not yet clear why the wrong-way driver was traveling in the wrong lane, authorities said.