Posted on Monday, November 30th, 2015 at 7:15 pm
A multi-vehicle accident involving a car, passenger van, and trailer of cows resulted in three fatalities and over a dozen injuries on November 28. The accident occurred on Interstate 287 Northbound at around 10:30 p.m.
The initial crash occurred after a man transporting cattle pulled over to the side of the road to repair his trailer. While he was stopped, a driver struck his vehicle. The driver, identified as Ravi Naik, promptly exited his vehicle after hitting the trailer. Seconds later, a passenger van hit the guardrail along the road before colliding with the trailer and fatally striking Naik.
Two passengers in the van were also fatally injured in the accident. Seven other passengers, including the driver of the van, were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick to receive medical attention. It was reported that none of the injuries were life-threatening.
The driver of the cattle trailer was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit for minor injuries. Other damage included the death of several cows and physical damage to all vehicles involved. Traffic was halted for hours as officials investigated the accident. No charges have been filed.