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Hackettstown man killed in wrong-way crash on I-80 in Morris County, state police say

ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A Hackettstown man was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 80 in Morris County, according to New Jersey State Police spokesperson Sergeant Philip Curry.

The crash happened at 7:32 a.m. on Interstate 80 westbound at milepost 28.3 in Roxbury Township, Curry said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that a Jeep Compass, driven by Francis Merrick, 75, of Tafton, PA, was traveling east in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 when it collided head-on with a Hyundai Elantra, driven by Robert Nardone, 80, of Hackettstown, Curry said.

Merrick suffered serious injuries and Nardone suffered fatal injuries, Curry said.

The crash remains under investigation, Curry said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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