A 48-year-old man died and four suffered severe injuries when a car slammed into a van on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark, The Star-Ledger reports. The New Jersey auto accident reportedly occurred in the Interchange 15E in the northbound lanes of the eastern spur, according to State police officials.
The incident happened when a 2004 Honda Civic driven by 27-year-old Benjamin Paz of West New York rear-ended a 2002 GMC Savannah driven by 42-year-old Mazhar Ali of Brooklyn. The van reportedly rolled over and crashed into a concrete barrier. The unidentified passenger who died in the accident was hit by flying debris, concrete and other construction equipment. Two other passengers in the van – Wholi Khan and Nima Ertseramy – were injured. The names of two others who were injured were not released.
There were 722 fatal New Jersey car accidents in 2006. That number included 31 fatalities in Newark and nine in Jersey City. That number is also a 3 percent increase over the previous years.
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