Two children die in Thanksgiving crash involving police car, authorities say – nj.com

Two children in a car traveling on the wrong side of the highway were killed in a crash on Thanksgiving involving a marked Old Bridge Police Department vehicle, investigators said.
The crash occurred at 11:35 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of Route 1 and Route 130 in North Brunswick and also left several other people injured, according to a statement released Friday afternoon by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
The car with the children in it was driving on the wrong side of the highway when it slammed into the police vehicle, which was driven by an Old Bridge police officer and also contained a second officer from the department and a civilian, the office said.
It was unclear what the relationship was between the person who was driving the car and the children who were killed. Both officers and the civilian within the police vehicle suffered injuries in the crash, authorities said.
None of the identities of the dead or injured people were released by the office.
The attorney general’s office was handling the investigation, as a state law requires it to do so any time an encounter with a police officer results in a death. However, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office will also have a role in the probe.
“The investigation will be bifurcated, with the AG’s Office investigating the conduct of the officers involved in the collision, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office investigating the conduct of any other parties that may be responsible,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.
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Chris Sheldon may be reached at csheldon@njadvancemedia.com.
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