NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


UPDATE ON NTSB INVESTIGATION OF FATAL HIGHWAY CRASH IN LINDEN, NEW JERSEY

June 13, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- The National Transportation Safety Board today released the following updated information on its investigation of a fatal highway crash that occurred on May 1, 2003 in Linden, New Jersey. The accident occurred at 2:11 a.m. when a Mercedes crossed an 11.5-foot wide median on U.S. Route 1 and struck an oncoming Ford Taurus. The driver of the Mercedes and all five of the occupants of the Ford were killed in the crash.

Occupant Restraints:
* The driver of the Mercedes was unrestrained at the time of the crash.

* The driver and front seat passenger of the Ford were restrained. The rear seat occupants of the Ford were unrestrained.

Toxicology Results:
* Toxicology results indicate that the driver of the Mercedes had a blood alcohol level of .326. Test results on the driver of the Ford are pending.

On-going Investigative Activities:
* The Safety Board will be downloading information from the Mercedes airbag module to assist in determining an impact speed.

* The Safety Board will be examining the steering gear box that was removed from the Mercedes to determine the steering wheel position at the time of the accident.

* The investigation of roadway factors has been expanded to include a section of Rt. 1/9 in the city of Rahway.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100

 

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.