At approximately 2PM on Thursday, May 19, Summit Fire Department responded to a report of a multiple vehicle accident on Route 24 East near mile marker nine.

On arrival, crews determined that five cars and a tractor trailer were involved in the accident with several serious injuries noted at the scene. Three individuals were extricated from vehicles by fire department crews. There was one fatality reported at the scene; one driver was flown to University Hospital trauma center in Newark by the New Jersey State Police medevac helicopter. Other injured individuals were transported by ambulances to area hospitals.

Summit Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Summit Police Department and the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad. Millburn and Springfield fire departments responded to the scene with Atlantic Health, Millburn, and Springfield EMS.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.

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