Woman Crossing Street in New Jersey Struck, Killed by Dump Truck: Officials

A woman believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s was struck and killed by a large dump truck as she tried to cross a street in New Jersey Tuesday, authorities say.

The dump truck, driven by 40-year-old Jhobany Cruz, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was turning right onto the marginal highway from Pleasant Avenue in Union City, near Weehawken, around 7:20 am. when he hit the woman in the crosswalk, authorities say. The driver had the green light.

The woman, who remains unidentified, was taken to Jersey City Medical Center in critical condition and later died there, officials said.

Authorities say they don't believe speed or cellphone usage were factors in the accident. Investigators are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage from the area.

Chopper 4 showed an extensive emergency presence at the scene; several police cars blocked off the road and yellow caution tape surrounded a large dump truck that was stalled diagonally in a crosswalk by a traffic light.

The truck is being weighed and inspected by the Sheriff's Crash Investigation Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit of the Bergen County Sheriff's Department to determine if there were any mechanical failures and if the truck was overloaded, authorities said.

Cruz remained at the scene. No charges have been filed.

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