Traffic Backed Up for Hours After Two Men Die in Turnpike Accident at Exit 11
A driver and passenger in a Dodge Neon were pronounced dead earlier this afternoon in an accident that is still under investigation.
Two men died in an accident on the southbound lanes of the NJ Turnpike today, just past the Exit 11 interchange at Woodbridge.
A 1998 Dodge Neon, traveling in the southbound truck lanes of the turnpike, was driving "erratically" according to eyewitness reports, said Stephen Jones, spokesman for the NJ State Police.
The car swerved onto the right shoulder of the roadway and struck a snow mound, then a guard rail, Jones said. The car then bounced into the left lane and hit crashed into an overpass support.
The two occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was unidentified, while the passenger was said to be a 21-year-old man from Atlantic Highlands, Jones said. The passenger's name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Fire department personnel arrived to extricate the bodies, and the county medical examiner was called to the scene.
The roadway was clear and free of ice from today's on-and-off again storms when the accident happened at approximately 12:30 pm, Jones said.
The accident caused a five-mile traffic backup that lasted for several hours.