Early Christmas morning, a freak accident on the Garden State Parkway near Brookdale Service Area left two people dead. From The Star Ledger:
They were just minutes from their destination.
Joel Baudouin, 42, of Arlington, Mass., was on the Garden State Parkway early [Christmas morning]…with his two daughters, Rachele, 13, and Cassies, 11, along with his mother, Marie Vernet, 72, heading for his brother’s home in Belleville, where they intended to spend Christmas.
But moments after leaving the service area at about 1 a.m., a 40-foot tree fell onto the car, crushing the front and killing Baudouin and his mother, according to New Jersey State Police…His two daughters in the back were injured and pulled from the wrecked car by rescue workers.
Authorities said the car was in the center lane of the highway.