3 killed when SUV crosses center line on Route 9 in Old Bridge, NJ

OLD BRIDGE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Route 9 has reopened in Old Bridge Tuesday afternoon following a triple fatal crash.

The crash happened at Route 9 and Route 516 around 1 p.m.

Police said a 45-year-old man from Howell Township, New Jersey, was driving his Ford Escape south on Route 9 when he crossed into the northbound lanes and struck a Honda Accord with four people inside. The man, along with the driver of the Accord -- a 37-year-old woman from Freehold, New Jersey -- were killed.

Of the three passengers in the Accord, a 62-year-old man died, an 86-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition and a 62-year-old woman was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

No names have been release yet, as the victims' families are in the process of being notified.

Police said it's not known why the driver the SUV crossed into the opposite lanes.

Here's video of the crash scene from NewsCopter 7:

And here are some photos from an Eyewitness News viewer:

The victims were rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

The road was shut down for more than 3 1/2 hours while police investigated the crash. It reopened just before 4:40 p.m.

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