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Police: Three People Seriously Hurt When Car, Tractor-Trailer Collide On N.J. Turnpike

Trucks and cars drive down the New Jersey Turnpike. (Photo/file by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Trucks and cars drive down the New Jersey Turnpike. (Photo/file by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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LEONIA, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – State police said that three people were seriously injured when their car and a tractor-trailer collided on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The car was headed northbound in the express lanes in Leonia when traffic forced it to slow down at around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. But the tractor-trailer driver, traveling behind the car, apparently failed to slow down in time and struck the vehicle.

The car eventually became pinned against a concrete barrier and was then dragged for about a half-mile before it and the truck struck another vehicle. The car then became stuck under the tractor-trailer.

One person in the car was ejected, while two others were trapped inside for more than two hours. Two of the three were hospitalized in critical condition, while the third was in stable condition.

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