ALPHA BOROUGH, NJ (Warren County) – A wrong-way crash on Interstate 78 in Alpha Borough early Saturday morning left one person dead and another seriously injured, according to State Police spokesman Trooper Alejandro Goez.
A Pennsylvania man, 22, was driving a Hyundai heading east in the westbound lane on Interstate 78 when he struck a tractor trailer driven by Revazi Begiashvili, 24, of Philadlephia, Pa. head-on near mile marker 1.3. The crash happened at 2:47 a.m., Goez said.
The 22-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. A 23-year-old Pennsylvania man, who was a passenger in the Hyundai, sustained “serious life-threatening injuries” and was flown to St. Luke’s Bethlehem Campus, Goez said. The names of the individuals were not released.
Begiashvili was not injured, Goez said.
The cause of the wrong-way crash remains under investigation, Goez said.
All three lanes were closed and traffic was diverted to the shoulder for approximately five hours, Goez said.