NJ State Police officials are looking into the cause of a crash that killed two people on the NJ Turnpike in Mercer County Thursday night.
Officials said the crash occurred around 9:22 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the NJ Turnpike inner roadway near milepost 60.3 in Robbinsville Twp.
According to State Police officials, a preliminary investigation revealed that a Peterbilt tractor pulling a semi-trailer loaded with watermelons was traveling north on the highway.
Police say the driver of the Peterbilt ran off the road to the right and impacted the guardrail and a concrete bridge support.
According to NJ State Police, the male driver was ejected and sustained fatal injuries. A male passenger in the truck also sustained fatal injuries, police said.
The right lane of the northbound inner roadway was closed for approximately six hours and the north outer roadway was closed before the crash for construction.
Police say moderate traffic congestion resulted from the collision.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.