Five people were injured, including one seriously, in a three-vehicle chain reaction crash on the southbound New Jersey Turnpike Saturday morning.

a car parked in a parking lot: New Jersey State Police car

New Jersey State Police car

A car traveling on the inner roadway struck a van, which then hit a third-vehicle near milepost 77.9 in East Brunswick, according to State Police.

The first vehicle — a Honda Accord — and the van came to a rest after hitting the metal guardrail while the third vehicle stopped against the concrete barrier following the 7 a.m. crash.

The driver of the Honda was hospitalized with serious injuries, while two passengers in the car suffered injuries not considered life-threatening. Two people in the van were hurt, including a passenger who had moderate injuries. No one in the third vehicle was injured.

State Police closed the two right lanes of the inner roadway for four hours. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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