An illegally parked tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike became a serious road hazard for two people early Thursday morning. A 50-year-old man was driving a Lincoln Town car with a 41-year-old woman sleeping in the back seat just before 6:30a.m. in Camden County. Neither of the occupants in the town Car were New Jersey residents.
The Town Car reportedly slammed into a tractor-trailer improperly parked on the shoulder of a New Jersey Turnpike entrance ramp. The impact from New Jersey car accident propelled the woman, who was sleeping in the back seat forward through the passenger compartment of the automobile. The woman’s body came to rest in the front seat of the mangled Town Car.
Emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident and had to cut the mangled Lincoln Town car to gain access to the two people inside. After extricating the two people, the accident victims were taken to area hospitals.
The female passenger in the automobile was transported to Virtua Hospital in Voorhees where she was pronounced dead shortly after 7 a.m. The male driver of the automobile was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The driver was listed in critical condition.
Police issued the 55-year-old driver off the tractor-trailer a citation for improper parking after the truck accident. The wreck occurred in Cherry Hill at the entrance to the Walt Whitman service area along the Turnpike. The tractor-trailer driver was in the cab of the truck at the time of the crash. Police say he had just returned to the truck after getting a cup of coffee. The trucker was not injured in the accident.