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Tragic crash kills couple

One of the most important things that residents of Morristown, NJ, can do is be careful on the roads. Those who are careful, however, should proceed with the knowledge that some others won't be, and correspondingly watch the actions of the vehicles around them. All it takes is one poor decision by the driver of one vehicle to have a crash that results in personal injury or even death.

That happened recently when two people died after the minivan that they were in collided with another vehicle, sending the minivan into the murky depths of a Willingboro Township lake. The two people were a husband, 52, and a wife, 50. At the time of the crash, they were in the jughandle that is at Route 130 Northbound. They were waiting there to cross Route 130 in order to get onto Bridgeboro Road.

At about 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday that the crash happened, the other vehicle, a northbound sedan, started to enter the jughandle at a rate of speed that has been characterized as excessive by authorities. The driver of the sedan, 29, lost control of it and crashed into the couple's minivan. When that happened, the force of the impact sent the minivan over the top of a guardrail, and the minivan then went down the adjoining embankment and straight into the body of water, which is a part of Olympia Lakes.

Fire departments and rescue squads were called and arrived at the scene in an appreciably expedient manner, where they were able to successfully extricate the couple from their submerged vehicle. However, it was too late to save the couple's lives. They were taken to the Lourdres Medical Center and pronounced dead.

The investigation is ongoing, and the county prosecutor said in a statement that it is focusing on whether criminal conduct was responsible for the tragic accident and, therefore, for the couple's deaths.

Source:, "Victims ID'd in fatal crash that threw minivan into lake," Matt Gray, Jan. 15, 2018

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