By CBSNewYork Team

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey’s North Bergen Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Officer Julio Noriega died Saturday morning in a car crash.

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Police say the off-duty officer rear-ended a garbage truck on Tonnelle Avenue near 41st Street while he was on his way to work.

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Strangers pulled the unconscious officer from his burning car.

He was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he died.

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The accident is now under investigation.

CBSNewYork Team