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1 dead after tractor-trailer crashes into a dozen cars in Elizabeth, NJ; driver in custody

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ELIZABETH, N.J. — One person is dead and two are injured after a tractor-trailer crashed into multiple cars in Elizabeth, New Jersey just after midnight Saturday.

Police say 57-year-old Danny Burnam was driving a Freightliner commercial tractor in the area of First Street and Elizabeth Avenue when he struck a vehicle.

The driver of the car, who was not injured, tried to get Burnam to stop, but the suspect fled the area northwest on Elizabeth Avenue, officials said.

Moments later, an off-duty police officer spotted Burnam and also tried to stop him. The officer fired a single round during this attempt, according to officials.

Burnam continued driving erratically on North Broad Street and struck several more cars, according to the Union County Prosector's Office.

As he approached the intersection of North Broad Street and Parker Road, officers fired again at Burnam and set up a barricade to attempt to stop the suspect, but Burnam drove through it.

He sped down the street on for about a half mile when he collided another car head on at the intersection of North and Newark Avenues.

The driver of the car that was hit, Jeffrey Oakley, was killed instantly, authorities say. Oakley's grandmother confirmed his death to PIX11 News.

His two passengers were injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital.

Police say Burnman caused damage to approximately a dozen vehicles during the the incident.

Multiple charges are pending against Burnam, who has been hospitalized for non life-threatening injuries.

An investigation is underway.