All Victims Were In Single Car At Interchange With I-495

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A nasty crash in Hudson County, N.J. left three people dead and two others injured  early Saturday. Of the injured one was in critical condition, the other was stable, both were expected to survive.

As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, the crash happened on Route 3 where it meets Interstate 495 in North Bergen, on the way to the Lincoln Tunnel.

Five people were in a 2008 Dodge Charger when the crash happened in the early morning hours. Four of them were ejected, officials told 1010 WINS. Emergency crews arrived at the scene around 4 a.m.

All of the victims were men between the ages of 19 and 30, police said.

Authorities did not immediately release the names of two of the deceased but did identify Joshua Mayorga, 23, as the third.

Michael Martinez, 23, of Weehawken was in stable condition, and Roman Rossario, 18, was in critical condition at Jersey City Medical Center on Saturday afternoon.

Police told 1010 WINS that they believe speed may have been a factor and that drugs or alcohol may have played a role in crash but could not be positive until results of a toxicology test were available.

A motorist who drives through the area frequently said construction is going on near the scene, and there is a sharp turn right before the site where the accident took place.

“It’s very sharp, and then at one point where it turns, another road comes down… and they all merge together,” said Jackie Friedmann. “So not only are you making this sharp turn, but you’re also merging. I’m not surprised. That’s pretty scary.”

The remains of the car involved lay on an embankment off the expressway as of 6 a.m. It was so severely mangled that it could barely be made out.

Eastbound Route 3 was shut down for several hours after the crash.

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