CRANFORD — An SUV ran off the Garden State Parkway and into the Rahway River late Friday morning, killing two women from Rahway.

The SUV left the northbound lanes and went into the river just before Exit 136 for Centennial Ave, according to State Police Lt. Ted Schafer. The vehicle was fully under water by the time rescue crews arrived.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Magally Paulemont, 49, and the passenger as France Novembre, 71. NJ.com spoke to Paulmont's son, who confirmed his mother and grandmother had perished in the crash.

Marine rescue responded to the scene in an area where the river runs alongside the Parkway.

It's not known what caused the SUV to leave the roadway. It was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

Two lanes were blocked for the cleanup and investigation creating a multi-mile delay.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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