Fatal 3-truck crash shuts 26 miles of NJ Turnpike

May 21, 2010 9:36:50 AM PDT
An accident involving three trucks killed one driver, injured another and closed a 26-mile stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike for several hours early Friday. A dump truck decelerating as it approached a construction area on the highway's northbound lanes in Chesterfield was rear-ended by a box truck just after 1 a.m., State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones said.

The box truck, driven by 40-year-old Leonard Doss of Magnolia, Del., swerved into a barricade, Jones said. He was declared dead at the scene.

The dump truck broke apart, and part of the vehicle remained in the center lane. A truck carrying 8,000 gallons of kerosene swerved to miss it and overturned, Jones said.

That driver, 32-year-old William Barcene, of Vineland, was flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

All three northbound lanes remained closed until just after 9 a.m. Friday as workers fixed a guard rail and cleaned up spilled kerosene. By midday, one lane remained closed.


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