WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Three people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash at a gas station in Wayne Tuesday morning.
It happened at 8:46 a.m. at the Delta gas station on Route 23 northbound near Route 202.
The victims included a father and son and a gas station attendant, who was loved by his customers, reported CBS2’s Meg Baker.
Authorities were later able to identify the victims as Jon Warbeck and his 17-year-old son, Luke Warbeck.
A Honda Pilot, Nissan Rogue, and Chevrolet Camaro were all involved in the crash, according to police. Police say the Warbecks were sitting in the Camaro getting gas when the driver of the Pilot barreled into the station. The Pilot first hit the Nissan, which had a woman inside. It then crushed the Camaro before going airborne, landing on the property of a nearby car dealership.
“That car was coming in fast,” said witness Tito Krishnamudhy. “It was bang, bang, and I saw the car in the air.”
The owner of the repair shop shook his head in disbelief at what he saw happen right before his eyes. Krishnamudhy says the car that caused the crash was on fire.
“I looked, flames under car. I took the fire extinguisher, ran over. Turned around, walked back, saw the other car, a convertible, people weren’t moving. Gas station attendant slumped on the ground,” he said.
Krishnamudhy’s friend and coworker Lovedeep Fatra was filling up the tank of the father and son. He too was hit and killed.
“Just before that I asked if he wanted coffee,” Krishnamudhy said.
Family members of Fatra wiped away tears as they gathered to find out what happened.
“Very bad. Very sad,” said Jasbar Singh.
“He was about to go to New York, family in New York,” Zurbrwap Singh said.
The Pilot driver was rushed Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson.
The repair shop owner told Baker he’s gotten many calls from customers asking about Fatra. He says he was very popular, well liked, and will be missed.
Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call authorities at 1-877-370-PCPO or 1-973-694-0600.