JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) — At least three people are dead after a multi-vehicle crash in Jersey City Monday morning.
Officials say several cars collided on Paterson Plank Road near Congress Street just after 12:30 a.m.
Police say a BMW SUV appeared to have crashed head on into a Kia Amanti at the intersection, shoving the sedan against the wall, authorities said.
The driver of the Kia – identified as Dylan Weidenfeld, 26, of Jersey City – was pronounced dead at the scene.
Five people were in the BMW at the time of the crash. A female backseat passenger was pronounced dead at the scene and a male backseat passenger was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Their identities have not yet been released.
A third backseat passenger, a 19-year-old female, remains in critical condition at Jersey City Medical Center.
The male driver of the BMW and the front-seat female passenger, both 23, of Jersey City, suffered injuries that are not considered to be life-threatening.
After the crash, the BMW could be seen with its airbags deployed and all doors open. What was left of a silver Kia was resting on its side against a wall.
Investigators used thermal imaging cameras to make sure there were no other victims stuck in the vehicles.
The Hudson County Prosecutors Office is investigating the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.
Hudson County, through the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s Local Safety Program, was awarded more than $53.3 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvement throughout the county. That includes a $12 million grant to Hudson County for Paterson Plank Road safety improvements:.
Work that has been one Paterson Plank Road so far includes a rumble stripe down the middle of the roadway, rumble strips across the lane before the curve, high friction surface treatment on the roadway and slow 25 mph signs on the road both at the top of the hill and the bottom.
Safe Streets Jersey City released the following statement:
“Horrific fatal crashes like this should never happen on a 25 mph road. Hudson County was awarded a $12 million grant to add safety improvements to this stretch after a 2020 study indicated a high rate of crashes compared to other county roads, while cyclists and pedestrians were at a particularly high risk of severe injury or death on Paterson Plank Road. The safety improvements remain incomplete, and now three lives have been lost. The situation on our streets is urgent. Safe streets advocates have been clamoring for changes on high-injury streets for years. How many more lives need to be lost or forever changed before that sense of urgency is realized by our leaders at every level of government?”
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