NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A deadly accident claimed three lives on a busy road in East Orange, New Jersey Wednesday, and investigators have been trying to figure out just how it happened.
The accident happened at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A garbage-hauling tractor-trailer crashed into at least five other vehicles in the eastbound lanes at exit 12 — the exit for the Garden State Parkway, CBS 2’s Jim Smith reported from Chopper 2.READ MORE: Appointments No Longer Needed At NYC's COVID Vaccination Sites; Anyone 16+ May Walk In, Mayor De Blasio Announces
As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported, cellphone video shot at the scene showed a car engulfed in flames.
“I heard something go, ‘Kaboom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!’ I came on around, and then I see what’s happening out here right now,” said witness Willie Rush.
New Jersey State Police said Michael DeVito, 65, of North Bergen, New Jersey, was driving the 2000 Mack dump truck when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, New Jersey State Police said.
The Honda that caught fire took the brunt of the impact. Three people inside of it were killed.
“It’s terrible, look at it, that’s a lot of fire,” one witness said as he showed cellphone video he shot to WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.