At least one person has died after several reported crashes during morning commute in New Jersey – CBS New York
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (CBSNewYork) – The winter frost caused major accidents across the region and disrupted schools on Wednesday.
As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, it was a scary morning on the roads of New Jersey. At least one person was killed in an accident on Route 3 in East Rutherford.
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The Lincoln Tunnel Helix was closed for a while and cars slipped from the Palisades Parkway into ditches.
A dangerous combination of freezing rain fell on icy ground, causing a ride disaster. A slight glacis on the roads was enough to slow things down.
“A 45-mile-per-hour ride and a toll highway in effect. This is something that people have to continue very, very carefully, ”Gov. Phil Murphy told WCBS 880 News Radio.
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CBS2 drone footage captured a ramp on Route 3, which was blocked by a pickup truck towing something behind it. It looked like the truck had skidded and crashed with several cars.
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Nearby, the other drivers were unable to climb a too slippery ramp.
Another viaduct on Route 3 was blocked by police, ambulances, a large UPS truck and several cars facing different directions.
The cones also blocked a white pickup truck that sped up a ramp off Route 21 in Nutley. The driver said he was cautious when he suddenly hit black ice.
“I was driving normally, and suddenly the car, ‘wap, wap, wap’,” Thales Coster said. “Fraction of a second, two seconds.”
Multiple vehicle crash with injuries in the Eatontown / Tinton Falls area due to weather conditions. Please stay clear of the Route 18 to 36 East exit ramp. The EMS is on site. @SheriffGolden warns everyone to be aware of black ice. It is dangerous and misleading. pic.twitter.com/dUTguxV8qL
– Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office (@MonmouthSheriff) January 5, 2022
Route 4 to Teaneck was at a standstill. A school bus and other vehicles could be seen by the side of the road spinning their wheels.
In Monmouth County, the Sheriff tweeted a warning about dangerous and deceptive black ice. A multiple vehicle accident with injuries has been reported near Eatontown and Tinton Falls, Highway 18 to 36 East.
Several schools also had delayed openings, and some were closed in anticipation of freezing conditions.
Hopefully they will improve as the weather warms up throughout the day.
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Stay with CBS2, CBSN New York, and CBSNewYork.com for the latest weather forecasts and alerts. Meg Baker of CBS2 contributed to this report.