STAFFORD TOWNSHIP (AP) — A woman and her mother were killed in a weekend crash on the Garden State Parkway that also injured four children and two other adults, state police said Sunday.

Fatal accident on the Garden State Parkway in Manahawkin (6 ABC)

The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Saturday near milemarker 63.6 in a southbound lane in Stafford Township.

Authorities said a car driven in the right lane of the highway by Naoma Johnson, 45, apparently entered the center lane and struck a pickup truck. The collision sent both cars careening off the left side of the highway.

Johnson and her 70-year-old mother, Frances Hill, both of Washington Township (Gloucester County) were both pronounced dead at the scene. Two 14-year-old passengers in her car — a boy and a girl sitting in the back seat — were flown by helicopter to a hospital, where they were being treated for undisclosed injuries.

Johnson and the injured girl lived at the same address, authorities said, but it was not clear if they were related.

The pickup truck's driver, Amedeo Bove, 41, of Warren, was taken to the hospital with his wife, Raffaella, 45, and their two children, a 10-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl. But further details on their conditions were not available Sunday.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. It did not appear that any other vehicles were involved in the crash, authorities said.

Troopers were forced to shut down a southbound stretch of the highway for a few hours while the accident investigation was ongoing, which caused major traffic delays in the area.


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