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287 Accident: 3 Killed as Tractor-Trailer Slams Into Cement Truck in NJ

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 03:54 PM

A deadly multivehicle accident killed three people and closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 287 in Mahway, New Jersey, for hours on Tuesday.

A cement truck broke down on the side of the road, and a tractor-trailer crashed into it and another vehicle, according to NBC New York.

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The cement truck driver and two men who had come to help him were killed in the accident, the station reported. The driver of the tractor-trailer and a couple in a sedan sustained minor injuries.

The 287 accident occurred near exit 66 at about 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The tractor-trailer and the sedan burst into flames, CBS New York reported. The men were outside of their vehicles when they were killed.

According to The Associated Press, the tractor-trailer was carrying a load of bricks.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Capt. Stephen Jones, a state police spokesman, said details of the crash were not immediately clear, including how long the workers had been on the highway, NJ.com said.

Northbound lanes were closed for more than six hours, and delays stretched as far as six miles.

The National Transportation Safety Board wasn’t involved in the investigation, agency spokesman Keith Holloway said.

"Typically, we will investigate if preliminary information provide a potential to explore issues that can possibly lead to safety recommendations," Holloway said, according to NJ.com. "Particularly, if the issues are not currently being covered by ongoing investigations."

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