ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Freezing rain and snow caused deadly conditions on roads across the Tri-State area.
New Jersey State Police say they responded to hundreds of crashes Friday morning because of icy roads. Police said in one case, a fire truck spun out of control and hit four vehicles.
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported, a giant pileup on a bridge between Point Pleasant and Brick turned tragic.
“We had a least one car, possibly two lose control on icy conditions on top of the bridge, which subsequently led to a chain reaction accident involving a total of 12 cars,” Brick Police Chief Nils Bergquist said.
Police say at one point a 76-year-old woman whose car had been hit got out of her vehicle to see what happened.
“She was struck by another car and unfortunaltey, her injuries were fatal,” Bergquist said.
In Pine Hill in Camden County, a car lost control on an icy roadway and slammed into an NJ TRANSIT bus, killing the car’s driver and seriously injuring a passenger.
Seventeen people on the bus were hospitalized with various injuries.
Medical centers all around the region were dealing with victims of the storm.
There were eight multi-car accidents on the Palisades Parkway near the George Washington Bridge, police said. Three people were hurt.
Because of the icy conditions, the parkway was closed for a time in both directions north of the bridge in New Jersey and in New York at exit 5.
New Jersey State Police reported more than 250 accidents statewide between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.
In Ocean Township, police responded to a crash at the intersection of Roseld Avenue and Monmouth Road where a vehicle had flipped on its side. No word if anyone was hurt. Police said black ice was being reported throughout the town.
The icy weather is also causing problems in Toms River, where the Community Medical Center said their emergency room is filled with patients who were hurt from either slipping on the street or from car accidents.