MAHWAH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The northbound lanes of Interstate 287 were reopened some 10 hours after a deadly accident in Mahwah.
Three people were killed and others injured after a multi-vehicle crash, on Tuesday.
The crash happened just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on the northbound side of Interstate 287 near exit 66.
New Jersey State Police said a tractor-trailer struck the back of a disabled cement truck that was on the right shoulder. Police said three men standing outside the cement truck were hit and killed.
According to Mahwah police, those killed were the driver of the disabled cement truck and a repair crew that showed up to fix it.
The repair crew was parked in front of the cement truck, and while they were pulled over the rig plowed into them, police said.
The tractor-trailer then hit the barrier as well as another vehicle, police said.
Cement Truck Driver, 2 Other Men Killed In Multi-Vehicle Crash On I-287 In Mahwah
The truck also hit a silver Toyota Avalon. The husband and wife in that car suffered minor injuries, police said.
The tractor-trailer and Avalon burst into flames, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported. The truck’s driver was able to get out safely.
There is no word yet on why the tractor-trailer veered off the roadway, police said.
Northbound traffic had been diverted at exit 59. Traffic was stopped from exit 58 and exit 66 with delays of more than an hour, police said.
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