Deadly Crash

Speed Being Blamed in Deadly Head-on Crash on Tacony-Palmyra Bridge

A deadly Monday night wreck closed the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge between Northeast Philadelphia and New Jersey for hours

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Two drivers apparently speeding along the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge between New Jersey and Philadelphia appeared to trigger a crash that killed a driver going in the opposite direction, investigators said.

The deadly head-on wreck happened just before 6:50 p.m. Monday.

"The crash occurred when two cars heading westbound towards Philadelphia appeared to be speeding and one car clipped the other sending it into the eastbound lane, where it struck a Honda Civic head-on," Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Burlington County Bridge Commission Director of Public Safety Patrick Reilly, Jr. announced in a news release early Tuesday.

The Civic driver -- later identified as 35-year-old Gerardo Francisco Perez Martinez of Camden, New Jersey, -- died at the scene, investigators said. Five others were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. In total, five vehicles were involved in the wreck.

After hours of investigation, the bridge reopened well before the Tuesday morning commute.

No charges were filed as of Wednesday.

Anyone with information on the wreck is asked to call Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113 or send an email to

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