Crash that closed Parkway for 4 hours killed driver, prompted more crashes
A fatal accident on the Garden State Parkway led to a long morning commute on the Jersey Shore.
New Jersey State Police spokesman Gregory Williams said a car ran into the tractor section of a UPS tractor trailer on the southbound side around 5:05 a.m. The car's driver was ejected from the vehicle when it rolled over following the crash, and died, Williams said.
Clarification: Williams, in an earlier conversation with New Jersey 101.5, said the UPS truck's driver had been ejected and died. He later said the car's driver had died when contacted again.
Williams would not yet identify the victim, pending notification of family. A cause for the accident has not yet been determined by investigators.
All southbound lanes were closed for the investigation and cleanup of the crash, creating delays that stretched back into Monmouth County. Williams who said there were several minor accidents within the delay. There were also northbound rubbernecking delays that began in Toms River, with a few more accidents, according to New Jersey Fast Traffic with a couple of more accidents.
New Jersey Fast Traffic's Bob Williams said Route 34, Route 9 and Route 70 picked up extra volume from drivers trying to avoid the closure.