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3 Young Women Killed in Overnight Freeway Wreck in NJ

Their car rear-ended a tractor-trailer coming off a red light

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What to Know

  • A 2012 Nissan Altima operated by a 23-year-old woman rear-ended a tractor trailer early Saturday, police said
  • She was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her two passengers died at the scene
  • All three young women were from Somerset, police said

Three young women are dead after their car collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 1 in Woodbridge, police said early Saturday.

The accident happened just before midnight Friday on the highway in the Fords section of town. A 2012 Nissan Altima operated by Brianna Martinez, 23, rear-ended a tractor-trailer as the truck was starting to move at a red light.

She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead there. Her two passengers, 23-year-old Michaela Powell and 24-year-old Uchectukw Chukwuma, died at the scene.

The three young women, all from Somerset, were out celebrating Chukwuma's birthday.

Authorities said there was no early indication on a cause of the crash.

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