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2-car accident kills 2 in New Jersey

Two women are dead after an accident that happened on Route 49 in Maurice River Township on June 27. An investigation of the crash was still taking place as of June 28, and it involved the Office of the Cape May County Medical Examiner and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.

The accident occurred when two women, 50 and 52, in an eastbound GMC Terrain were involved in a crash with a Ford van around 7:45 p.m. According to a representative of the New Jersey State Police, the van was traveling west on 49 when it drove into oncoming traffic and collided with the GMC. The incident shut down the roadway for more than five hours.

The driver of the Terrain and her passenger, both from Pennsylvania, had to be extricated from the vehicle by several fire department and EMS crews. Both women died at the scene. The driver of the van and a male passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital in Vineland.

Car accidents are sometimes caused by drunk or inattentive drivers. Reckless driving and speeding are also common reasons for auto accidents. If someone is killed in a car crash, his or her family may suffer financial hardship due to losing that person’s contributions to household income. Medical bills and funeral expenses can also cause financial hardship for families of fatal accident victims. Those families can consult wrongful death attorneys to review their options for legal recourse.

In building a case for a defendant’s negligence, lawyers often review accident reports and witness accounts from the incident. Additionally, accident reconstruction specialists are sometimes called on to model the events of a wreck in order to determine fault for it.

Source: NJ.com, “Maurice River Township accident on Route 49 leaves 2 Pa. women dead“, Spencer Kent, June 28, 2014

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