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Head-on collision on Turnpike kills 2

A wrong way crash in the early morning hours on the New Jersey Turnpike left two motorists dead. Both people, a man and a woman, were driving their own vehicles, and both of them died at the scene of the accident, which was a head-on collision. No other people were involved in the two-car accident.

Police are still investigating the cause of this accident. However, they explained that one of the drivers, for unknown reasons, at some point started traveling the wrong way along the Turnpike. As he was driving, he apparently did not see the oncoming other vehicle and hit the car head-on.

Police have not said whether they suspect alcohol or drugs. Particularly late at night, however, it is fairly easy for a motorist to get turned around and go down the wrong entrance ramp, winding up on the wrong side of the freeway. Even though this is easier to do than one might think, however, it is still obviously a driver's responsibility to travel in the right direction, and drivers who travel the wrong way for whatever reason can still be held responsible for any car accidents they cause as a result.

The family of the innocent victim in this case, who was only in her early 20s, may want to consider their legal options for filing a wrongful death suit against the negligent driver or, since that driver also died in the crash, the negligent driver's legal estate. Even though both drivers died, the victim's family can still get compensation for the medical bills and funeral expenses. They may also be able to get compensation for things like lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: CentralJersey.com, "Two killed in head-on Turnpike crash," Nick Muscavage, Jan. 6, 2018.

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