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Accident on New Jersey Turnpike leaves four cars on fire

Drivers in New Jersey understand the frustration of running late due to morning commutes. There is often a desire to go over the speed limit, follow cars too closely and not properly check mirrors when changing lanes. Even the safest drivers can sometimes make errors when they are up against the clock. However, it is crucial that drivers always practice safe driving because it only takes one mistake to cause an accident. Car accidents that occur during the morning commute can involve numerous vehicles and can result in a large accident site. They often cause even bigger traffic delays and can lead to road closures, slowing down the morning rush hour even more.

Recently, an accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike that caused four cars to burst into flames. At around 8:30 a.m., the collision happened when a car was rear-ended, causing a crack in the fuel tank which ignited. The fire spread to three other vehicles involved in the accident. Emergency crews responded to the accident to put out the fire and assess the victims involved. Authorities noted several minor injuries to passengers, and one woman was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The fire was so severe that the car that started the blaze was burned beyond recognition.

The turnpike extension was closed for more than an hour while emergency crews tended to the fire, victims and accident site. The accident is still under investigation and no one has been cited at this time. Suffering injuries in an accident like this could lead to a personal injury suit. If injuries are the result of another’s negligence, compensation from the claim could cover medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost wages and damages.

Whether a driver is involved in an accident or they are in traffic due to an accident, it is crucial that they remain safe and calm. Drivers should avoid speeding, driving close to other vehicles and texting while driving.

Source: nj.com, “Four-car crash, fire shuts NJ Turnpike Extension causes I-78 back-up,” Alyana Cronk, April 18, 2013

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