A serious crash Friday morning threw six people from a truck on the Atlantic City Expressway, killing two, including a 4-year-old child.
The driver of a Ford F-250 pickup truck lost control of the vehicle shortly after 7 a.m. near mile marker 22.7 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey State Police said.
The truck veered toward the center median, hit the end of a guardrail and overturned, ejecting all six occupants.
A front-seat passenger, 35-year-old James Dennis, was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.
The truck’s driver, 45-year-old Roselyn Kornegay, and a 4-year-old male sitting in the middle front seat were both flown to Cooper Medical Center for treatment.
The 4-year-old succumbed to his injuries around 3:30 p.m., according to investigators. His identity was not immediately released. Kornegay remained in critical condition Friday evening.
Police said three passengers who were riding in the bed of the truck – a 10-year-old boy, an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man – were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where they were listed in serious condition.
All of the victims are from Philadelphia, according to authorities. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the pickup truck driver to lose control. State police said investigators haven't ruled out drug or alcohol impairment as a factor in the crash.
All westbound lanes of the expressway were closed between the Frank S. Farley Service Plaza in Hamilton Township and Exit 28 to State Route 54 in Hammonton for several hours while emergency crews responded to the scene. The highway was fully reopened by 11:30 a.m.
Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are continuing to investigate the accident.
The crash comes less than a month after five teenagers were ejected from a minivan on the expressway over Memorial Day weekend.