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UPDATE: Shorts Hills Resident Killed After his Tesla is Rear-Ended by Tractor Trailer on Route 24 in Summit

By rlsmetro on

NJ State Police officials are looking into the cause of a crash that killed an Essex County man on Union County Highway on Thursday.

According to NJ State Police, Troopers responded to reports of a crash at 2:01 p.m. on Route 24 at milepost 9 in Summit.

Officials say, based on a preliminary investigation, a Volvo tractor-trailer was traveling in the right lane of SH 24 east and a Tesla was traveling in the right lane. 

NJ State Police said several other cars, including a Toyota Venza, Dodge Ram, and Hyundai, were all in the same lane.

The truck struck the rear of the Tesla, which resulted in a chain reaction involving all vehicles. 

As a result of the crash, the driver of the Tesla, Mr. David M. Baum, 57, Short Hills, sustained fatal injuries.

Police said the following:

“The driver of the Volvo sustained moderate injuries, the driver of the Toyota sustained moderate injuries, the driver of the Hyundai sustained serious injuries, and the driver of the Dodge Ram sustained moderate injuries.”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.