A New Jersey community was grief-stricken on Saturday after three people were killed when their car crashed underneath a tractor-trailer on a New Jersey highway overnight, police said.
Linda Powell, who said she doesn’t post much that personal, felt the need to let people know her daughter, Michaela, 23, was one of three who died after their 2012 Nissan Altima crashed at 11:50 on Friday on Route 1 northbound, police said.
“I do not post much that is personal but do not have current emails for many friends & family so am posting this sad news,” she said.
Another friend provided their pictures with a message:
Franklin township’s mayor and a state Assemblyman also felt compelled to address the incident, express sorry and provide assistance.
The driver of the sedan was identified as 23-year-old Brianna Martinez, and the two other victims were Michaela, who was the front-seat passenger, and 24-year-old Uchechukw Chukwuma, police said. All three were from Somerset.
Police responded to the crash that happened near Fords Avenue and found the trapped occupants inside a car. The vehicle had crashed into the back of the truck at the Fords Avenue traffic light just after it turned green, police said.
The vehicle was trapped underneath the tractor-trailer after the driver when police arrived.
Emergency personnel worked to extricate the occupants. The driver, Brianna Martinez, was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center and was later pronounced dead. The other two victims were pronounced dead the scene.
The road was closed for four hours afterward.
This is a developing story. Patch will have more information as it comes in.
SOURCE: Patch.com, Tom Davis