YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Three Oakland cement company workers trying to fix a disabled mixer on northbound Route 287 were killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into them, the mixer and then another vehicle in a fiery crash early this afternoon.
The workers from Concrete on Demand in Oakland were outside the mixer and a pickup truck just after 12:30 p.m. when the tractor-trailer carrying a load of bricks veered onto the shoulder, slammed into the mixer and then continued on, colliding with a Toyota Avalon.
Both the rig’s cab and the sedan caught fire, State Police said.
The husband and wife in the Toyota and the driver of the tractor-trailer all escaped before the fire engulfed the cab. Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
They received minor injuries and were treated at two local hospitals, he said.
A visibly shaken worker at the Concrete on Demand on Edison Road confirmed the fatalities to CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
He declined further comment.
Leading the investigation is the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, with assistance from the NJSP Crime Scene Investigation Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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