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Wrong way crash leaves one dead in New Jersey

Police on the scene deadly wrong way accident on the Garden State Parkway.
December 22, 2011 9:32:21 AM PST
A southbound car veered into the northbound Garden State Parkway lanes in Woodbridge, crashed and exploded in flames, killing one person and critically injuring another.

The driver was headed southbound in the northbound lanes when the 1998 Dodge Integra crashed and caught fire just before 1:30 a.m.

Firefighters arrived to find the car engulfed in flames.

Officials said 43-year-old Leon Roberts of Passaic was pronounced dead at the scene.

John Flannery, 29, of Newark was pulled from the burning vehicle and rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in critical condition.

The Garden State Parkway's northbound lanes were closed for the investigation, and traffic was diverted to Route 9.

A second accident with no injuries occurred in the northbound lanes because of rubbernecking.

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