WESTAMPTON — A crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer on the Turnpike early Sunday left two men from Bridgeton dead, State Police said.

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Troopers responded around 5:16 AM to the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike at milepost 42 in Burlington County.

Police said 30-year-old Higinio Martinez Sanchez, of Bridgeton, was driving a Mazda in the right lane with two passengers, 28-year-old Pedro Morales Rojas and 21-year-old Rolando Perez Aragon.

A truck tried to pass them in the center lane, police said.

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The Mazda then tried to enter the center lane but was struck by the truck, police said.

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The truck driver, 34-year-old Lazaro Gonzalez, of Miami, suffered minor injuries.

Sanchez suffered serious injuries, while both of his passengers were killed.

The crash remained under investigation as of Tuesday.

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