1 dead after pickup truck plows through NJ farmers market

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HAWTHORNE, N.J. (PIX11) -- A woman was dragged to her death at a New Jersey farmer's market when a driver went careening into the crowd, sending terrified people running as tomatoes flew through the air.

"People were screaming for the pick up truck to stop," Eleanor Vanderwolf told PIX11. "Everyone was screaming. It was chaos."

Vanderwolf was standing with several friends at about 2:15 in the afternoon when she says a red pickup truck crashed through the barricades of the farmers' market.

Two of the shoppers were hit and one woman was pinned under the truck and was dragged from the Market, trapped under the pick up truck for several blocks. Her friends heard her screaming for help.

"You could hear her screaming," Vanderwolf said. "Everyone was calling 911. It was frantic."

The woman who was killed was a Hawthorne resident believed to be in her 60s. She was pronounced dead under the vehicle.

Bailey Hildebrant had just talked with the woman about different types of tomatoes, seconds before she was hit.

"I got knocked over by the table and tomatoes flew up in the air," Hildebrant told PIX11.

Police caught up with the driver of the red pick up truck and he was taken into custody.

"I am so sorry for my friend who died and my friend who lost her best friend," she said.

Tests are being done to see if the driver was under the influence.

No charges against the driver have been filed.

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