🚨 The early morning crash left three dead, three injured

🚨 One vehicle involved was mangled and leaning against a wall after the crash

🚨 The circumstances of the crash have not been disclosed


JERSEY CITY — Three people were killed in a horrific head-on crash early Monday morning.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said a Kia sedan and a BMW SUV collided on Paterson Plank Road near Congress Street around 12:45 a.m.  The driver of the Kia, identified as Dylan Weidenfeld, 26, of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at scene.

A total of five people were in the BMW, according to Suarez. A female passenger was pronounced dead at scene while a male passenger was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center. A 19-year-old woman was in critical condition at JCMC.

The male driver of the BMW and the front seat female passenger, both 23, of Jersey City, suffered injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening at this time. The identities of those involved in the crash were not disclosed pending notification of family.

Pictures from the scene show one mangled car leaning up against a wall. A bicycle is also leaning against the wall just ahead of the car. One photo shows a blue SUV with its airbags deployed with tires, shattered glass and a stuffed animal on the ground.

The vehicles were taken from the scene on flatbed trucks before 12 noon.

Impact on the morning commute

Paterson Plank Road was closed northbound into the Monday morning commute between Manhattan and Palisade avenues. The lanes were still closed as of 8:30  a.m. The Hoboken Office of Emergency Management advised there could be an impact on traffic heading for the city.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News reported thermal imaging cameras were used to check the wreckage for additional victims.

No charges have been filed in the crash. Markings on the road indicate the speed limit is 25 mph in that area of the crash.

Before the cause of the crash was disclosed the group Safe Streets Jersey City on its X account lay blame for the crash on its design which the group believes encourages speeding.

"Paterson Plank Road is a Hudson County controlled roadway with wide lanes that encourage and allow for speed. It is clear mere warnings are ineffective and the roadway is badly in need of a safety redesign," the group wrote.

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