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5 people injured, one seriously, following single-vehicle crash on I-78 in Hunterdon County

BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A single-vehicle crash in Hunterdon County Saturday night that left six people injured, including one seriously is still under investigation, according to New Jersey State Police Sergeant Philip Curry.

The crash happened at 7:20 p.m. on Interstate 78 westbound at milepost 9.8 in Bethlehem Township, Curry said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that a Nissan Armada travelling westbound lost control, struck the center concrete barrier, and overturned, Curry said.

A rear seat passenger, who was identified as Ulysses Penaranda, 33, of Union City, was ejected and suffered serious injuries. The 4 additional passengers sustained minor injuries, Curry said.

The left and center lanes of I-78 west were closed for about 3 hours and the right lane of I-78 west and left lane of I-78 east were closed for about an hour which caused major traffic congestion, Curry said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and there is no further information available.

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