Four individuals were killed and eight were hospitalized with varying injuries carrying out a shuttle van crash Friday morning on New Jerseys Palisades Interstate Parkway, officials said.
The crash was reported shortly before 1: 30 a.m. in the guts median of the southbound lanes in Englewood Cliffs, Palisades Interstate Parkway Police said.
The van, listed as a Ford Econoline E350 passenger cargo van with NY registration, had 12 people up to speed, police said.
When officers attained the scene, they discovered “an individual vehicle accident rollover” and said several passengers were trapped in the automobile.
Rescue and medical operations began soon after officers arrived.
Four passengers suffered severe trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene, police said in a news release.
Eight were taken up to area hospitals for a variety of injuries from severe head trauma to minor physical complaints, authorities said.Some victims needed to be flown to hospitals once they were free of the automobile, NBC NY reported.
Police didn’t release the victims’ names.
Officials said the van served as a transportation service for workers in factories in upstate NY to and from their residences.
Video from the scene showed the automobile on its side near a tree.
The reason for the accident is under investigation by parkway police, the Bergen County Sheriffs Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Bergen County Prosecutors Office Fatal Accident Unit.
Police said in a news release that southbound lanes of the Palisades Interstate Parkway are closed at exit 2 and all traffic has been diverted to the southbound lanes of Route 9W.