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Police ID Three Men, Including Father and Son, Killed in 287 Accident

Police say the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

Credit: New Jersey State Police.
Credit: New Jersey State Police.

Police have identified three New York men working for an Oakland cement company as the victims in a fiery crash on Route 287 in Mahwah Tuesday afternoon, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, Harry Bulatowicz, 58, of Ellenville, N.Y., was the driver of a stalled cement truck that was pulled over on the side of the road. He and maintenance workers Santiago F. Mercado, 42, and son Satiago M. Mercado, 22, both of Nyack, N.Y., were killed in the crash, the report said.

The truck was from Concrete on Demand, of Oakland, the report said.

According to police, the cement truck was pulled to the side of the road when a car also pulled over. Both were hit by a tractor trailer, which killed the three men and set the tractor trailer and truck on fire, police said.

Cops also identified the others involved in the accident – car drivers Rosemary and Anthony DiBattista, 58 and 59, of Fanwood, and tractor trailer driver Adelbert McKee Jr., 45, of Oxford, N.Y., the report said.

No charges have been filed, but the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, it said.

mahwahwian June 26, 2014 at 12:03 PM
my speculation is still the car did a bonehead move
John Santaella June 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM
We need concrete evidence
Hank June 27, 2014 at 08:34 AM
what happens after the first responders have to deal with such a gruesome scene, especially now since the victims have names. Is counseling offered or does anyone check on them to see how they are dealing with it? Or is they are tough guys and can handle it.
TWP. Guy June 29, 2014 at 08:31 PM
It seems there are some idiots still working out there. If the cement mixer or whatever was pulled to the shoulder( I'm assuming side of the road means shoulder), How could an 18 wheeler going much too fast as usual, Pull off the road and hit these poor people. I have been driving on major highways for 40 years especially RT 80 and never have my eyes not been able to see a disabled vehicle. Did the cement truck put out the required reflective triangles? The 18 wheeler should be charged! They drive for a living.

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