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Authorities: 2 killed in head-on crash on New Jersey highway

May 26, 2020 GMT

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man and a New Jersey woman were killed in a head-on crash on a major highway in central Jersey, authorities said.

Michael Santana, 24, of Staten Island, was driving his car northbound on Route 130 in South Brunswick when he lost control of the vehicle around 7:35 a.m. Monday, authorities said. The vehicle spun out, crossed over the median, and crashed head-on into a southbound car driven by Zarine Arshakyan, 55, of Lawrenceville.

Both Santana and Arshakyan were pronounced dead at the scene. While the cause of the accident remains under investigation, authorities said speed was likely a factor.

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A third car sideswiped Santana’s car as it sat in the southbound lanes, authorities said, and another two-car crash happened nearby as other drivers tried to avoid the initial accident. The drivers of those vehicles were not injured.