A Jersey Shore driver was killed when his tractor separated from its trailer and fell from a Route 287 overpass during an overnight crash, authorities said.
Jose L. Velez-Procel, 54, of Atlantic Highlands was pronounced dead at the scene after he was extricated following the 12:30 a.m. crash off the southbound highway in Oakland, State Police Sgt. First Class Lawrence Peele said.
Preliminary information indicates that the rig went off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail and concrete bridge rail, disengaging the tractor, Peele said.
The highway was closed in both directions for several hours while the wreckage was removed and State Police began their investigation, he said. It reopened around 7:30 a.m.
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