Motor vehicle accidents: 1 dead in New Jersey

Police are still investigating the cause of a fatal crash on Interstate 295, according to local sources. New Jersey State Police have reported that one person is dead after an accident on the morning of Dec. 27. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this crash caused the closure of the interstate for a period of time while accident reconstruction teams tried to determine the cause of the crash. 

According to the limited information available in this report, it appears the accident happened around 6:30 a.m. somewhere near exit 67. It is unclear at this time how many vehicles were involved, but authorities have confirmed that more than one car was caught up in the accident. One person, who has not been identified publicly, was pronounced dead as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. 

Police closed all northbound lanes by 8 a.m., and they remained closed for most of the day. Police have yet to determine what caused the accident, which drivers may have been materially responsible. It's unclear if any other people were injured. No further information was reported. 

Motor vehicle accidents that result in a fatality are taken seriously by New Jersey authorities. At this time, there is too little information available to determine how this case will be treated, but if evidence is uncovered that one or more drivers contributed materially to the crash, those individuals could be subject to criminal charges. In addition, the family of the deceased individual may have grounds to file a wrongful death suit against one or more drivers involved in the crash in a civil court setting. 

Source: nj.com, "Fatal crash on 295 slows morning commute", Jeff Goldman, Dec. 27, 2017

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