3 family members from Georgia killed in N.J. Turnpike crash

The scene of a four-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. (NBC10.com)

Three members of a family from Georgia were killed when a tractor-trailor rear-ended their car on the New Jersey Turnpike this morning, New Jersey State Police said.

A 51-year-old man, a 49-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy were killed. A fourth person in the car, an 18-year-old woman, received only minor injuries.

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said it appeared that the victims were husband and wife and their son and daughter.

As for what caused the truck to ram the silver Toyota Camry “we’ve got more questions than answers,” Jones said. The truck also hit a gold Ford Edge.

“We don’t know yet why those vehicles would have been impacted - were they going slow, were they stopped in the lane? There’s been a lot of interviews done and the investigators are still putting that together,” he said.

Police said the accident happened around 10:10 a.m. at mile marker 39.9. The southbound lanes, which were closed while traffic was diverted, have been reopened.

There was no other information about the victims.