PARSIPPANY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Three people are dead following an early-morning crash on Route 80 in New Jersey.
Sources tell CBS2 a wrong-way driver may have caused the wreck.
New Jersey State Police responded around 1:45 a.m. to the eastbound express lanes west of exit 45 in Parsippany.
Cell phone video taken by a witness moments after the multi-vehicle crash shows the SUV on fire and the other car completely crumbled.
Louis Oliva was driving home from work, heading west, when he saw the wreck.
“I see the Jeep on fire and I see no police cars or any responders yet. So I figured, since it’s an accident, I figured people needed help. So I decided to pull over and cross 80 westbound to 80 eastbound on foot,” he told CBS2’s Meg Baker.
Seconds later, first responders arrived. State troopers removed occupants from vehicles and firefighters rushed to put out the flames.
The Morris County prosecutor says two women and one man died. One other person suffered serious injuries.
“As soon as I arrived, I see these two people already assisting CPR to the driver of the burning Jeep,” Oliva said.
It’s not clear which vehicle the victims who died were in.
Eastbound lanes on Route 80 were reopened late Friday afternoon ahead of rush hour.
The prosecutor’s office says this is still very much an ongoing investigation.
The victims’ names have not been released.