HOLMDEL, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — State Police have released the names of two people killed when a van overturned on the Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County, injuring 12 others.
Tragedy struck when a passenger van carrying 14 people crashed and overturned at around 7 p.m. on the northbound express lanes of the Garden State Parkway near Exit 116, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.READ MORE: Woman Collapses, Dies While Climbing Stairs To 19th-Floor Apartment During Power Outage In Co-Op City
Charles Derosier, 30, of Irvington, and 56-year-old Esperanza Guardado-Quintani, 56, of Elizabeth, were both pronounced dead at the scene.
A total of 12 other people suffered injuries from minor to critical and were taken to Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, state police said. Four people suffered serious injuries in the crash and were flown to a hospital. The other eight were treated there for undisclosed injuries.
All northbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway were shut down in Holmdel Township following the crash. Some lanes had reopened by 9 p.m.
Dozens of people looked on at the mangled van, shaken by the wreckage.
“Makes you think makes you appreciate each day,” Doug Coates, of Holmdale, said.READ MORE: Exclusive: Orange County COVID Vaccine Site Ready To Go, But Organizers Say State Won't Send Them Any Doses
“When you see a helicopter coming over, you worry. you start praying,” Frances Adario said.
One woman who said she is a friend of people in the van told CBS2 she believes a tire popped right before the crash.
Police are still trying to determine what caused the crash, and whether or not Friday night’s weather conditions played a factor.
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