SUV Crash Kills 4 Teens On Garden State Parkway

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say four teenage boys were killed and four others injured when a sport utility vehicle crashed on the Garden State Parkway in southern New Jersey.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the accident, which occurred around 11:45 a.m. Saturday in the southbound lanes near exit 38A in Egg Harbor Township.

State police spokesman Sgt. Julian Castellanos said the driver — who was among those killed — apparently lost control of the SUV, which overturned several times. Two people were ejected.

Atlantic County authorities say the four surviving teens were being treated at hospitals for injuries that are not considered life-threatening. State police say the teens, who range in age from 15 to 17, all attended Mainland Regional High School in Linwood. They wouldn’t release their names.

The accident created lengthy traffic backups in the area for hours.

How dangerous do you consider the Garden State Parkway to be? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Kelly G Lawson there are 8 passenger suvs…my prayers for the families

  • brian

    This is just Darwin at work here kids. Nothing nobody nowhere coulda done about it. Boys bein boys is way too trite in a tragic situation as this but…that’s exactly what it is: Bunch of kids goin out lookin for fun. For those of you choosing to judge…it aint yer business to judge anybody. Leave that to the ONLY one who will judge us all in the end. Pray for these boys and their families and more than that, pray and give thanks that it wasn’t YOU and your loved ones involved.

  • Jean

    Wow, I am shocked by all these comments. First of all, I come from a large family and growing up we only had vehicles that had a legal occupancy of 8 passengers. So, that was the only vehicle we had available for us to drive as a licensed 16 year old driver. I am very thankful that over a span of 17 years not 1 of us teenage drivers had an accident. I can not believe that there are 4 families and a community grieving and you guys have nothing to say, but harsh words. You can not throw a stone unless you were a teenage driver that can say you never drove on a highway, byway, freeway, expressway or drove over the speed limit, drove wreckless, texted, made phone calls, and drove while under the influence. I want to send my apologizes to Mainland HS and the community for the stupidty of others and send you my heartfelt prayers.

  • Greg Brady

    i agree with the other comments. a car overpacked with people. an inexperienced driver. i am a professional driver. i see bad drivers all day, everyday. hope these people recover and get smart before something else tragic happens

  • Garth

    The parkway itself is not dangerous at all, it is the morons that drive on it who are. 8 kids in one Suv more than likely doing well over the legal speed limit. Come on, this is a no brainer as to who was at fault. Where were the parents who allowed them to use the thing in the first place and pack it over the legal limit?? I feel sorry for the families loss, but teens have about as much need of drving an suv as I do a cruise ship. Add to it the noise, jabbering and radio blasting more than likely, and lord knows what else, and you have a recipe for disaster.I have often felt that no one under the age of 21 should be allowed on either the aprway or Turnpike. They are new drivers, don;t have the experience, and often play tag with the wrong vehicles. I also feel the reaction time of a teenage driver with limited or no experience is not the best either.

    • doc in NJ

      “Where were the parents who allowed them to use the thing in the first place and pack it over the legal limit?”

      As with most teens, the driver probably convinced the parents that there would no more than 2-3 friends / passengers in the car with the driver.

      I give warnings to parents all day long about the dangerous activities their kids are likely to do and that they need to be the “warden” over their kids. Many just brush me off “I’m sure other kids doc, but not mine.”

  • Mandy

    8 people in one car?! Wow. Sending prayers out to the families who lost their loved ones today.

  • smallaxesociety

    The Garden State Parkway is not dangerous – the out of control, impatient, reckless, distracted, inconsiderate, law breaking, speeding maniacal drivers are the danger.

    • moose 1220

      You are absolutely right on!! (you might add drunk, high, texting to your list of adjectives though some of your descriptive words cover these scenarios). It’s such a foolish, unncessary loss of life if these factors contributed to this accident.

  • Hui Kosmat

    Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

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