Updated: Morris County Man Killed in Three-Vehicle Crash on Interstate 95

The deadly collision involved two passenger vehicles and a tractor-trailer and occurred about 8:30 a.m. on the northbound side of I-95 near Princeton Pike in Lawrence Township.

Update, 5:45 p.m. Oct. 1:

A Morris County man has been identified as the person killed in this morning’s three-vehicle collision on Interstate 95 in Lawrence Township.

Andrew Kominek, 59, of Landing (Roxbury Township) was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 8:30 a.m. along the northbound side of I-95 at milepost 8.2, near Princeton Pike, Sgt. Brian Polite confirmed.

Kominek’s 2009 Subaru Forester was struck from behind by a 2010 International tractor-trailer traveling in the right northbound lane and, in turn, pushed into the rear of a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, Polite said.

Sandwiched between the two vehicles, Kominek’s Subaru sustained significant damage.

Polite identified the Chevrolet’s driver as Karen Osif, 58, of Trenton, and the driver of the tractor-trailer as Wilson Peralta, 29, of New Brunswick.

He said Osif was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton for treatment of injuries to her face and lower legs, while Peralta also suffered minor injuries and was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

The specific cause of the collision remains under investigation, Polite said.  

Lawrence Township’s daytime duty crew of career firefighters, on their way back to their station from an earlier fire call involving an overheated vehicle on the southbound side of I-95, spotted the crash moments after it happened.

Radioing for additional assistance, they quickly arrived on scene and found Kominek trapped in the wreckage, with no vital signs, emergency officials said. Firefighters managed to free Kominek and immediately began to perform CPR.

A township ambulance crew and Capital Health System paramedics then arrived and took off resuscitation efforts, but after a few minutes Kominek was pronounced dead, officials said.

Northbound traffic on I-95 was reduced to one lane for several hours, causing a significant backup. Southbound traffic was also affected, as many motorists slowed to look at the wreckage as they drove past.

Also assisting at the scene were Lawrence Township police and volunteer firefighters from the Lawrenceville, Lawrence Road and Slackwood fire companies.    


Original story, posted 9:27 a.m. Oct. 1:

One person was killed and at least one other person was injured in a collision involving two cars and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Lawrence Township about 8:30 a.m. today (Monday, Oct. 1).

The deadly crash occurred along the northbound side of I-95, just beyond the Princeton Pike overpass headed toward Route 1.

Lawrence Township firefighters, on their way back to their station from an earlier fire call involving an overheated vehicle on the southbound side of I-95, spotted the crash moments after it happened and were quickly on the scene.

One person was trapped in a badly mangled car. After extricating that person from the wreckage, firefighters initiated CPR. Sadly, that person was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a few minutes later, emergency officials confirmed.

At least one other person who was hurt in the crash was transported by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton.

The crash is currently under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.  

This story will be updated as additional details become available.

Sanriobaby October 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
RIP to the one who lost thier life and prayers for the victims for a speedy and full recovery. What an awful way to start the work week.....
Rodney Warner October 01, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Scary stuff. That's normally the time and place where I am, driving to work. Good thing I came in early today.
Anthony J. Cermele October 02, 2012 at 01:30 AM
speed is the main problem, no one likes it when you reduce speed even on this type of highway, but think about this, if speeds were reduced to less than 50 miles per hours or less, it would take more time to get there, but you have a better chance of getting there on 2 legs and not in a coffen. As anyone noticed how fast cars are going now and they even pass you going into an exit when theres no cars behind you, I sill slow up to get behind someone to get to an exit, do you see most people doing this, most likely not, to many vidio games and they think its a game without thinking. Tony Cermele
Brian Dionys November 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
That's a really dumb comment; European highways and some in Texas are 80 mph+ and the European ones have lower fatality rates than here. It's the tailgating, weaving, and utter disrespect for the basic rules of the road/inattention that leaves no room for error. Most people can handle 80-85 mph safely in light traffic if paying attention.
Brian Dionys November 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
If you feel too unsafe at those speeds, go 70 in the right lane but let people pass left....blocking the left lane causes road rage. I'm paying high insurance premiums because I am young but I never drive drunk or even remotely dangerously. And I'm paying much more than your typical 40 year old caffeinated 'I own the road' type who is following at 20 feet behind at 75 mph. The problem is not people doing 80 mph, even 90 mph. The problem is reckless driving. By the way, I've seen some of our own officers drive extremely recklessly at possibly as fast as 100 mph just to turn into a median and run radar....I have reported to the police chief and received no call back repeatedly. I think a lot, including police around here, just don't understand that following distance and being aware (leaving room for error) are way more important than speed, since most people won't drive faster than a comfortable/safe speed.


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