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Motor vehicle accidents: New Jersey crash kills 5

Five people, including a toddler, are dead after a horrific crash in Rutherford, according to local police. New Jersey authorities were dispatched to the scene of the accident that involved a front-end loader. As with many motor vehicle accidents, police are still investigating the cause of this crash. The driver of the front-end loader is cooperating with the ongoing investigation, and no charges have yet been filed. 

According to the accident report, an SUV driven by an unknown individual was traveling on Route 3 around 11 p.m. the night of July 26 when the accident occurred. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the vehicle crashed into the rear end of a front-end loader while traveling westbound towards the Orient Approach overpass. The force of the impact killed three girls in the car as well as the driver. 

The male toddler was rushed to a local hospital, but tragically succumbed to his injuries several hours later. Police have said this appears to be an accident without legal consideration, but their investigation is still ongoing as of this report. None of the victims have been named at this time pending notification of next-of-kin. 

The tragedy of motor vehicle accidents causing fatalities cannot be overstated. However, the families of the deceased passengers may yet have legal recourse, despite the lack of criminal intent according to police. New Jersey law allows the families to file wrongful death suits against the driver's estate in civil court. All that is required is evidence of the driver's material contribution to the accident, even if that contribution was not in itself a crime.

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