A pedestrian was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike today and a motorist was fatally injured when another rig hit a car caught in a traffic backup triggered by the initial incident.
Southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike were closed between Exits 4 and 3 after the first fatality and then southbound traffic was being diverted at Exit 7A after the crash involving the and the tractor-trailer.
Vehicles were being detoured to I-295.
State Police gave the following account of the two incidents:
At 6:50 a.m., with rain falling, a southbound tractor-trailer hit a pedestrian near mile marker 26.9 in Barrington.
The trucker thought he had hit a deer but discovered otherwise when he pulled over.
It is not clear yet what the pedestrian was doing on the Turnpike.
After the southbound roadway was closed, a backup developed as vehicles were funneled off the turnpike at Exit 4.
Sometime later, a tractor-trailer ran into a car caught in the backup, and flipped over the median barrier, dumping its cargo vegetables.
The motorist was pronounced dead at the scene.
Southbound traffic was still being diverted at Exit 7A as of noon, but the highway between Exits 3 and 4 had reopened by then.