Two Guyanese Die In New Jersey Turnpike Accident


State police said on Monday that the car involved in a fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike Sunday evening hit a guardrail and spun into the roadway where it was struck by a tractor trailer.

Police have said a male and a female who were in a Nissan Altima were killed in the accident, which occurred at 5:51 p.m. on the Turnpike’s northbound lanes. Reports have identified the two deceased individuals as Fred Edgerton and Shirmoon Khan of Essequibo.

The car was registered in New Jersey, said Trooper Lawrence Peele, a state police spokesman. He declined to provide any further information on the two victims. The driver of the tractor trailer, he said, was not injured.

The roadway was wet at the time of the accident, Peele said, adding that police have not determined whether road conditions contributed to the accident. The Altima, he said, struck a guardrail on the left side of the roadway. All of the Turnpike’s northbound lanes were closed in the area for about four hours on Sunday night while police investigated the accident, Peele said.