Dangerous commute for N.J. drivers

February 4, 2009 5:22:01 AM PST
Icy roads caused numerous multi-car crashes this morning in Newark, while dozens of school districts delayed the start of school. In one crash, three tractor trailers and four cars collided in the southbound lanes of Routes 1 & 9 just before 1 a.m. this morning.

One of the cars was crushed between the tractor-trailer and the divider.

Some of the drivers were reportedly injured, but none of the injuries were life threatening.

Meanwhile, a 15 car crash clogged westbound Interstate 78, at the Frontage Road exit in Newark.

The vehicles collided on the slick roadway, which State Police described as "a sheet of ice."

Eyewitness News is told one person was taken to University Hospital in Newark. The rest of the injuries were minor.

Icy roads cause problems for the morning commute.

Also, more than two dozen school districts in Monmouth and Middlesex counties opted to delay the start of school today to allow some ice to melt and crews to treat the roadways.

On the East End of Long Island, several other school districts also opted to delay their openings.


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