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Trucker ordered to trial in fiery crash that killed New Jersey man on Interstate 78

Trucker ordered to trial in fiery crash that killed NJ man

A truck driver accused of causing a violent and deadly crash in Northampton County is heading to trial.

Robert Gawne waived his preliminary hearing Monday morning.

Gawne, 55, of Allentown, was driving his tractor trailer on Interstate 78 in Williams Township in January when he lost control as he approached the toll plaza, investigators said.

Officials said the truck went airborne, landed on a car and crashed into a toll booth before bursting into flames.

The man in the car, Daniel Murphy, of Hackettstown, was killed.

Gawne told police he fell asleep at the wheel.


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