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Woman Killed, Man Injured in Two Truck Accidents on New Jersey Turnpike


Posted on Feb 20, 2014

Two truck accidents on January 29, 2014 resulted in the loss of one life, at least two minor injures, and delays for several hours along the New Jersey Turnpike.

The first crash occurred at around 8:40 a.m. in Cherry Hill. Authorities believe that a wheel and rim flew off of a southbound semi, flew across the highway and burst through the windshield of a tractor-trailer going north. The northbound tractor-trailer then overturned, trapping its driver. A second northbound tractor-trailer traveling behind the wrecked vehicle attempted to avoid it, but jackknifed and flipped, hitting the passenger side of a vehicle near milepost 29.9.

Two other cars were also involved in the crash, including damage to a southbound BMW that was struck by a runaway tire from the first overturned tractor-trailer.

Berton Faulkner, 39, was identified as the trapped driver in the first overturned truck. He was extracted from the wreckage by emergency responders after about an hour. He was then flown to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment of multiple leg fractures and lacerations throughout his body.

While no other injuries were reported in the multi-vehicle wreck, authorities were only able to clear the roadway just before noon.

Two hours later, a second New Jersey Turnpike truck accident proved fatal for a Massachusetts woman in Camden County. Annette Voorhees, 54, was traveling northbound around 1:45 p.m. when her SUV rear-ended a tow truck that had stopped in traffic near mile marker 26.4 in Runnemede.

New Jersey State Police reported that the impact of the crash pushed the tow truck and its trailing vehicle forward into an ambulance. Voorhees died of injuries sustained in the crash, while the other drivers reported minor injuries. The causes of both accidents still remain under investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Voorhees family, and urge all drivers to stay safe on wintry roads.

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