Saturday, July 19, 2008

FedEx courier driver killed on New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge

An Ocean County man was killed when the FedEx delivery truck he was driving on the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge Friday struck three other vehicles that had been stopped for an earlier accident, State Police said today.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Julian Castellanos said the truck driver, Paul Kelly, 41, of Manahawkin was traveling in the right northbound lane near mile post 94.5 at about 11:30 p.m. Friday when his box truck crashed into the three vehicles, struck a guard rail and flipped.

Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 a.m. today, Castellanos said.

In the previous accident, which happened a few minutes earlier, a 2003 Honda Accord driven by Soraya Amin, 22, of Bayonne, crashed into the back of a tractor trailer. That truck was driven by Carl Young Jr., 41, Iselin.

A third vehicle, a 1998 Ford Expedition, stopped to help. Three of the occupants got out of the Expedition to direct traffic around the accident and assist the injured, when the SUV was struck by Kelly's truck, Castellanos said.

Three people in the SUV were taken to University Hospital in Newark. They were: Lorena Calderon, 36, of Fairlawn, along with her children, Ariana, 6, taken by ambulance and Emilia, 8, who was taken by air. Their conditions were unknown tonight.

Neither Amin or Young were injured, Castellanos said.


I hate hearing these stories. After 17 years in the business, I have never had a driver killed while working. I pray that it never happens. Be safe out there drivers. Especially you guys out there at night.

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