1 dead, 13 others injured after van flips on I-295 in Mercer County, NJ

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. just south of I-195 in Hamilton Township.
HAMILTON TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) -- One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured after a passenger van flipped on I-295 in Mercer County, New Jersey Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. when a van carrying 14 people overturned on the highway just south of I-195 in Hamilton Township.

"It was horrific. The people screaming, the pain," recalled a man who didn't want to be identified.

The man says he was driving several cars back from the van when it flipped Wednesday afternoon. Knowing he happened to have a fire extinguisher in his car, he didn't think twice to help when the van started to catch fire.

"I tried to suppress the fire but there were victims in there, there were people stuck in the van," the man said.

One unidentified person died in the wreck.

Thirteen others were rushed to area hospitals; some were being treated for very serious injuries, officials said.

Chopper 6 was overhead as officers worked to clear the crash scene.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the crash.

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