Men who died in tanker truck crash identified as N.J. residents
A driver and passenger who died after they were ejected from the cab of a tanker truck when it overturned in Colts Neck on Saturday have been identified.
The driver, Maurice Boatwright, 37, of Westfield, and the passenger Julio Escoto-Sandoval, 21, of Perth Amboy, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a release from the Colts Neck Police.
The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. near mile marker 22 on Highway 18 south and no other vehicles were involved.
The truck, which belonged to KW Rastall, Inc., of North Brunswick, overturned and caused the tank to separate from the vehicle and spill nearly 1400 gallons of diesel fuel oil onto the shoulder of the highway, police said.
Officials from Monmouth County’s hazardous materials team and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection contained the spill and coordinated its cleanup.
Traffic was detoured for over six hours while the scene was cleared.