State review clears highway operations in 40-vehicle wreck

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Posted: Mar 24, 2015 7:06 AM

CRANBURY, N.J. (AP) — A state Transportation Department review finds a "sudden weather event" caused a flash freeze of black ice before a deadly 40-vehicle wreck last month on the New Jersey Turnpike.

DOT spokesman Stephen Schapiro tells NJ.com (http://bit.ly/1BoCdsV ) the review found no fault in road operations because crews were salting. However, the report recommends officials check new potions of a widening project to identify areas that may pose a greater risk for icing.

DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox ordered the review after state police said ice was a factor in a series of crashes in Cranbury and Bordentown on Feb. 9.

Twenty-one vehicles were involved in multiple accidents on the inner roadway and 19 were involved in crashes on the outer roadway.

One man became trapped in his car and died. Dozens of motorists were injured.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com