Ice blamed in crash

Icy road conditions blamed for death and injury on the New Jersey Turnpike in Springfield Township.

By: Eve Collins
   SPRINGFIELD — One woman was killed and another was injured in a collision caused by icy conditions on the New Jersey Turnpike Tuesday morning.
   The accident happened at 8:48 a.m. at milepost 45.9 in Springfield Township, according to Trooper Stephen Jones.
   Joanne J. Lewis, 60, of Bayville was killed when she lost control of her Pontiac Firebird while traveling south on the Turnpike. Ice on the roadway caused her to spin out, Trooper Jones said.
   The Firebird struck a Ford Explorer that was disabled on the side of the road, police said. That vehicle was facing north on the shoulder after it encountered the same patch of ice.
   The Firebird’s driver’s side door hit the front of the Explorer, police said.
   The driver of the Explorer, Joanna Remson, 48, of Willingboro, sustained a head laceration, police said, but refused treatment.
   Ms. Lewis was transported to Virtua Memorial Hospital by Endeavor Emergency Medical Services and was pronounced dead at 10:06 a.m., Trooper Jones said.
   She was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, police said.
   Officials with the National Weather Service station in Mount Holly reported freezing drizzle Tuesday morning. The precipitation continued throughout the day, they said, with accumulation ranging from 4.5 inches in Mount Holly and 2.8 inches in Fieldsboro. Measurements were taken Wednesday morning.