Police are looking into the cause of a crash that killed a North Bergen Police Officer Saturday morning.
According to police, at 7:03 a.m., the police department received a call for a severe motor vehicle accident at 41st Street and Tonnelle Avenue.
Upon arrival, police said a Honda struck a garbage truck which caused this vehicle to catch on fire.
Police say the driver of the Honda, Mr. Julio Noriega, was unconscious and was pulled from his vehicle.
He was then transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for life-threatening injuries.
The garbage truck driver was not injured; however, the passenger sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.
According to police, Julio Noriega is a North Bergen Police Officer and was not working when he was involved in this accident.
Officials said in a brief statement, “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the death of Officer Julio Luis Noriega # 170, who succumbed to his injuries earlier this morning as a result of a severe motor vehicle accident.
Please keep Julio in your thoughts and prayers.”