Police car 'hit and killed two pedestrians walking along Jersey turnpike after their car broke down'

  • The accident happened early Wednesday in the northbound lanes of the eastern spur in Secaucus, approaching the Vince Lombardi service area
  • Both pedestrians, a man and a woman who seemed to have been in the left lane of the road, were killed
  • The police officer was treated for minor injuries
  •  No names have been released. The accident is under investigation

A police car struck and killed two pedestrians on the New Jersey Turnpike as they were walking away from their disabled vehicle, say officials.

The accident happened early Wednesday in the northbound lanes of the eastern spur in Secaucus, approaching the Vince Lombardi service area.

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says the victims had walked away from a disabled vehicle.

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Collision: A police ca, seen being towed away, struck and killed two pedestrians on the New Jersey Turnpike as they were walking away from their disabled vehicle, say officials

Collision: A police ca, seen being towed away, struck and killed two pedestrians on the New Jersey Turnpike as they were walking away from their disabled vehicle, say officials

Two dead: Both pedestrians, a man and a woman who seemed to have been in the left lane of the road, were killed after being hit by a police car

Two dead: Both pedestrians, a man and a woman who seemed to have been in the left lane of the road, were killed after being hit by a police car

Both pedestrians, a man and a woman who seemed to have been in the left lane of the road, were killed. 

The police officer was treated for minor injuries.

State police say the police vehicle was driven by an officer with the Washington Township Police Department in Bergen County. The officer was treated for minor injuries. 

The police car was damaged from the crash and was towed away from the scene ear;y on Wednesday morning. 

The preliminary investigation indicates the pedestrians were in the left lane when they were hit.

No names have been released. The accident is under investigation.

ABC reports that the crash shut down the turnpike, but some lanes were reopened around 5 a.m.

The scene has been cleared as of 8 a.m. and all lanes have been reopened. 

Minor injuries: State police say the police vehicle was driven by an officer with the Washington Township Police Department in Bergen County and the officer was treated for minor injuries 

Minor injuries: State police say the police vehicle was driven by an officer with the Washington Township Police Department in Bergen County and the officer was treated for minor injuries 

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