MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) - Five people killed when their car was
struck by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike and burst into flames were acquaintances in their 70s.
Their car had been stopped in traffic Saturday in the right southbound lane in Mount Laurel, a Philadelphia suburb. It shot into the center lane with them trapped inside, triggering crashes involving six other vehicles.
State police identify the victims as Passaic residents Jeanette Urbano and Salvatore Urbano and Kearny (CAR'-nee) residents Anna Kane, Rose Kane and Francis Kane. They haven't said how the victims were related.
Three others were seriously injured in the accident, initially reported as a 10-vehicle wreck.
The crash forced the hours-long closure of 25 miles of southbound roadway on the turnpike, one of the nation's busiest and up to 14 lanes wide in parts.
The cause is undetermined.
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