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Multiple vehicles at the end of a traffic queue were struck from behind by a truck tractor


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  • Accident No: HWY14MH012
  • Accident Type: Office of Highway Safety
  • Location: Cranbury, NJ
  • Date: 6/7/2014

‚ÄčOn Saturday, June 7, 2014, about 12:54 a.m., eastern daylight time, a 2011 Peterbilt truck-tractor and semitrailer combination vehicle operated by Wal-Mart Transportation (Wal-Mart) was traveling north on the New Jersey Turnpike, near Cranbury, New Jersey, in the center lane of the three-lane northbound roadway. As the combination vehicle approached milepost 71.4, traffic had slowed due to construction work ahead on the turnpike. The Peterbilt combination vehicle struck the rear of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter limo van, which was operated by Atlantic Transportation Services and occupied by a driver and six passengers. The two vehicles moved forward and were involved in secondary impacts with other vehicles that were slowed in the traffic queue. The limo van rolled over and came to rest on its left side, facing east, across the center and right lanes. As a result of the collision, one passenger in the Mercedes-Benz limo van was fatally injured and four other van occupants were transported to the hospital with injuries of various severities. Six vehicles were involved in the impacts, but none of the other 16 people occupying these vehicles were transported to the hospital.

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