Police in Newark closed a portion of McCarter Highway - in both directions - to investigate a crash that left individuals dead on the roadway early Thursday morning.
According to a preliminary investigation, at the scene, the violent collision happened around 2:22 a.m. in the southbound lanes of McCarter just under the bridge that separates Lafayette and Edison streets.
Emergency responders rushed to the location after receiving several 911 calls reporting a crash with injuries.
When rescue crews arrived, they found the severely damaged vehicle in the southbound lanes with at least one of the occupants ejected out of the car. Newark emergency responders began the process and were successful in extricating victims from the vehicle.
At least two victims were pronounced dead at the scene and another person was transported to University Hospital for serious injuries, according to reports.
It appeared that the crash involved only one vehicle, but authorities are trying to determine what direction the car was going during the impact and if any other vehicles were involved.
RLS Metro Breaking News overnight field crew did observe a dump truck in close proximity to the crashed car, but officials have not confirmed if this truck was involved in the collision.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office was called on the scene to lead the investigation.
This is the second **[deadly crash on McCarter Highway](https://www.rlsmedia.com/article/breaking-update-13-year-old-newark-gir…)** in about a month.
**ECPO UPDATE: 6:26 a.m.** ”We can confirm that the Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a motor vehicle collision on McCarter Highway near Lafayette Street in Newark. Two confirmed DOAs at this time. It is still early in the investigation and no further information is available at this time”.
Please stay with our RLS Metro Morning crew who are following developments of this crash and will update as information comes into our offices.