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UPDATE: Two Killed in Crash on Route 72 in Barnegat

Barnegat Township

The Barnegat Police Department has announced that on November 5 at 10:03 p.m., officers responded to the area of Route 72 and Route 532 for a report of a serious motor vehicle crash. 

According to police officials, the crash involved a Kia Forte and a tow truck, which had a vehicle on its flatbed as well as a vehicle in tow.

The investigation determined that the Kia was eastbound on Route 72 when it left the right side of the road surface and then re-entered the roadway before crossing the center line and entering the oncoming lane where it collided with the westbound tow truck.

According to the investigation, both occupants of the Kia were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tow truck was uninjured. 

Traffic was diverted for 8 hours while the on-scene investigation was conducted. The crash is being investigated by Barnegat Police Detective Jim Purcell.

The identities of the occupants of the Kia will be released pending notification of family members.