Motor vehicle accidents: 2 hurt in pileup in New Jersey

Police in Paterson are still investigating an accident that closed several lanes on Route 80 on the morning of March 8. New Jersey State Police troopers, who are often called to investigate motor vehicle accidents on state routes, worked for several hours to determine the cause of this crash. They have not yet filed any charges against any of the three drivers involved in the accident. 

According to the report, around 7:15 a.m. a transport truck, pickup truck and minivan all collided near exit 59. The cause of this accident is still under investigation, and police have not ruled out several possible factors including negligence, recklessness, intoxication or weather conditions. The accident closed down both the left and center lanes, indicating massive damage done to the vehicles involved. 

Two people were apparently transported to a local Paterson medical center with injuries described as non life-threatening. Their current conditions, as well as their identities, are not public knowledge as of this report. Some 50 gallons of fuel were also spilled all over the highway, necessitating cleanup efforts before the highway could be reopened. 

In motor vehicle accidents involving multiple vehicles, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether one or more of the drivers were responsible for the initial impacts that set off the crash. New Jersey authorities may or may not choose to file criminal charges against one or more drivers, depending on the outcome of their investigation. The injured parties may also be entitled to file personal injury lawsuits against one or more of the drivers, should evidence of negligence exist that indicates a material contribution to the crash. 

Source: northjersey.com, "Three-car accident closes two lanes on Route 80", March 8, 2018

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