A U.S. Marine is among four people killed after a car slammed into a tanker truck on the Garden State Parkway early Wednesday.

New Jersey state police say four people are dead after a crash involving a car and a tanker truck on the Garden State Parkway.

The accident was reported around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes near mile marker 81.5 in Toms River.

State police say the car driven by 21-year-old Kevin Quispe-Prieto, of Beachwood, slammed into the back of the tanker .

The preliminary investigation has revealed that Kevin Quispe-Prieto was driving an Infiniti G37 sedan in the right lane when he struck the rear of the tanker.

The victims have been identified as Kevin Quispe-Prieto, 21, of Beachwood, Jimmy Quispe-Prieto, 23, Victor Lugo, 24, and and 23-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Robert Ordenana, all of Lakewood, New Jersey.

Lugo had worked with Lakewood’s Department of Public Works since 2013 but wanted to become a police officer like his stepfather, Patrolman Alex Guzman.

As a result of the collision, all four occupants of the car sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene.

It’s not clear if the tanker was moving at the time. The tanker driver suffered minor injuries.

At one point, a heavy-duty tow truck was used to pull the tanker off the crushed car. Investigators then set up lights to search for evidence and took pictures of the crash scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Authorities shut down some lanes as they investigated the crash, causing travel delays in the area.

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Toms River firefighters work at the scene of a car that crashed into a tanker truck in Toms River, N. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)
Toms River firefighters work at the scene of a car that crashed into a tanker truck in Toms River, N. (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

Source: The Associated Press