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A car accident claimed the life of a Newark man this morning when the vehicle he was traveling in struck a tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The man, 26, was fatally injured when the car he was riding in struck a guard rail, bounced into the center lane and then struck the fuel tank of the tractor-trailer, said New Jersey State Police. The Toyota then spun around, collided with the truck’s wheels and then crashed head-on into the rail.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota was airlifted to University Hospital in Newark with non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger in the front seat was treated for minor injuries.

According to State Police Sgt. Stephen Jones, the driver lost control of the vehicle prior to crashing. He is charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence. He also faces a possession charge after police found marijuana on him.

Sgt. Jones could not say at this time whether he will be charged further. The accident is still being investigated.

The truck driver was not injured in the crash.

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