Woman dies after hit by dump truck in Union City, NJ

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Woman fatally struck by truck in Union City
A woman was struck by a dump truck in Union City Tuesday morning

UNION CITY, N.J. (WABC) -- A woman was struck and killed by a dump truck in New Jersey Tuesday morning.

The dump truck was making a right turn on a service road in Union City just before 7:30 a.m. when it struck the woman who was on foot.

A Port Authority spokesman said she was hit on North Marginal Highway on the Route 495 West ServiceRoad at Park Avenue. First responders started CPR on the victim, and she was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where she died a short time later.

Investigators have not yet identified the victim, a female in her late 20s or early 30s.

The dump truck, which was driven by 40-year-old Jhobany Cruz, of Philadelphia, was making the right turn on to the marginal highway from Pleasant Avenue. The female had the cross signal, and the driver had a green light at the time.

Cruz has a valid PA commercial driver's license.

The truck is being weighed and inspected by the Sheriff's Crash Investigation Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit of the Bergen County Sheriff's Department to determine if there were any mechanical failures and if the truck was overloaded.

Authorities do not believe speed or cell phone usage were a factor in the incident.

Investigators are currently interviewing several witnesses and are viewing security footage in the area.

"The crash is currently under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time," Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said.

The accident happened near the New Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel, but New Jersey-bound traffic was not affected.