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One Killed in Single-Vehicle Collision with Utility Pole

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

One person was killed in a fiery, single-vehicle accident in Salem County.

Details about the Fiery Fatal Accident

6 ABC News is reporting that, according to the New Jersey State Police, one person was killed in a fiery, single-vehicle accident that happened in Elmer in Salem County.

According to state police, the accident happened before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, near in the intersection of Route 77 and Shirley Road. Aerial footage from Chopper 6 showed a white sedan which appeared to have hit a utility pole and then burst into flames.

The wooden utility pole had apparently been split in half, and the charred remains of the vehicle was wrapped around a part of the pole.

At this time, there was no word on the identity of the driver of the vehicle or what may have caused the accident to happen in the first place.

Important Information about Accidents Involving Fixed Objects

According to the Insurance Information Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in collisions with fixed objects every year in the United States:

  • About 20 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities happened due to a vehicle leaving the roadway and colliding with a fixed object along the side of the road.
  • Trees, barricades, and utility poles are the most common objects that are struck by motorists.
  • A total of 7,508 people were killed in collisions with fixed objects in 2014.

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