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4 killed when car, tanker collide on New Jersey highway

A tow truck operator prepares to hook up a car that crashed into a tanker truck in Toms River, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018. New Jersey state police say the crash on the Garden State Parkway has left several people dead. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey state police say four people are dead after a crash involving a car and a tanker truck on the Garden State Parkway.

The accident was reported around 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.

It’s not 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 as they investigated the crash, causing travel delays in the area.

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This story has been corrected to show that the crash occurred in Toms River, not Berkeley Township, as per state police.

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