4 killed when car slams into tanker truck in Ocean County

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New Jersey state police say a crash involving a car and a tanker truck on the Garden State Parkway has left four people dead.

The accident happened about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes near mile marker 81.5 in Toms River.

State police say the car driven by 21-year-old Kevin Quispe-Prieto, of Beachwood, slammed into the back of the tanker.

Quispe-Prieto and three passengers – Jimmy Quispe-Prieto and Robert Ordenana, both 23, and 24-year-old Victor Lugo, all of Lakewood – were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities haven’t said whether any of the four victims were related.

Aerial video from over the scene provided by 6abc showed the vehicle wedged into the tanker.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the tanker was moving at the time. The tanker driver suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Authorities shut down some lanes of the highway as they investigated the crash, causing travel delays in the area.

The right lane through the area remained closed as of 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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