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Route 22 Crash Kills Two in Branchburg

Branchburg New Jersey

A two-vehicle crash on Route 22 that killed two passengers has police investigating.

According to police, Renito Santos, 75, of Somerville, was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer westbound when he collided with the white box truck head-on while the box truck was passing through the westbound side of Route 22 shortly before 6:30 a.m. 

The driver of the box truck—Jorge Gonzalez, 57, of North Plainfield—was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in Somerset with non-life threatening injuries.

Renito Santos, driver of the Ford, was  flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick with serious injuries. 

Also in the Ford were, Herminia Santos, 76, of Somerville (front-seat passenger), and Apolonia Vira, 62, of Raritan (rear-seat passenger). Both passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

The crash remains under investigation.