No charges for driver whose mattresses caused deadly Turnpike crash
New Jersey State Police have identified the driver of a van that lost two mattresses and box springs on the New Jersey Turnpike, leading to a fatal fiery tanker crash.
Adam Abuhamoud, 26, of Linden was behind the wheel of the white van according to police, but as of Thursday afternoon had not been charged.
The driver of the tanker lost control of his tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of gasoline from a Linden refinery and veered across three northbound lanes on the western spur before going off the road and bursting into intense flames, State Police said. The tanker belonged to JSK Transport of Warren.
An autopsy was performed on the driver, who was trapped inside the truck and pronounced dead at the scene. State Police said he's believed to be from Newark, but have not yet released his name pending a confirmation. However, NJ.com reports JSK has identified the driver as Dalip Kumar of Newark.
Michigan trucker Kevin Hauer, who took Dashcam video of the accident, told New Jersey 101.5 that the tanker truck driver "saved many other lives" by his actions.
State Police say their investigation into the incident continues.