Update, 5 p.m. July 20:
New Jersey State Police have released the identity of the woman who was killed this morning when her vehicle struck a tree along Interstate 95 in Ewing Township.
Sgt. Brian Polite, a NJSP spokesman, identified the woman as Emily Michell, 24, of Somerset, N.J.
He said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Original Story, posted 2:15 p.m. July 20:
A woman was killed when the sport utility vehicle she was operating veered off Interstate 95 in Ewing Township this morning (July 20), New Jersey State Police have confirmed.
The deadly crash occurred shortly before 10:10 a.m. along the southbound side on I-95 near milepost 0.5, located between Exit 1 (Route 29) and Exit 2 (Bear Tavern Road) when the woman’s Honda Pilot left the roadway and slammed into a tree, according to NJSP spokesman Lt. Stephen Jones.
The woman, whose identity is being withheld by authorities pending confirmation and notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene, Jones said.
The woman’s body had to be extricated from the wreckage by Ewing Township firefighters.
Lawrence Township’s daytime duty crew of career firefighters was called to the scene to assist with the extrication effort, however they were cancelled prior to arriving on the scene after it was determined their services would not be needed.
The accident caused significant traffic backups along the southbound side of the interstate.
Assisting state police at the scene were representatives of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Mercer County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The crash remains under investigation and witnesses are asked to call the state police at (609) 584-5000 extension 5297.