At least two women were killed when the vehicle they were riding lost control on the road way ran off and struck trees on Interstate 78 in Bernard’s Township early Thursday morning, State Police reported.

Two fatalities identified were: Tonya Gordon, age 44, resident of Somerville, and Natasha Melendez, age 20. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman. However, State Police did not have any information where Melendez resided.

According to Grossman, at about 2:30 a.m. Davante Gordon, age 20, and resident of Somerville was driving westbound when he lost control of his Nissan Maxima, near mile marker 33.8, veered off towards the left side of the road and hit two trees. The impact sent the front-seat passenger, Melendez hurling from the car.

Gordon was airlifted by the helicopter ambulance to Morristown Medical Center with critical injuries, Grossman said.

The other passenger was an 11-year-old boy, from Somerville who suffered moderate injuries and was immediately transported to Morristown Medical Center.

A tow service got the heavily damaged four-door sedan out of the way Thursday at about 8 a.m.

The accident is still under investigation.
Authorities confirmed that a 45-year-old woman and a 20-year-old woman were killed in a car crash that also injured the older woman’s 20-year-old son and 11-year-old son last Nov. 22 at approximately 2:30 o’clock in the morning. Police reported that the 20-year-old son was driving a Nissan Maxima on Route 78 West in Bernards when it swerved off the road and crashed into two trees.

The woman’s two sons were taken to Moorestown Medical Center while the driver was listed in critical condition. Meanwhile, the 11-year-old son’s condition was undisclosed due to his age.

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Source: Daily Record
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