Hammonton Township, New Jersey (December 27th, 2021) – Two New Hampshire brothers and their younger teenage sister were tragically killed when their vehicle collided into a toll booth and burst into flames in New Jersey. The single-vehicle accident also left a 12-year-old girl, also a sister of the deceased victims, and a toll booth attendant injured.
The accident happened just after 9 p.m. on Sunday. According to New Jersey State Police, the accident happened along the eastbound lanes of Atlantic City Expressway at the Egg Harbor Toll Plaza.
The person driving the vehicle has been identified as 31-year-old “Tony” Reachthon Khiev who died in the accident. The vehicle’s front-seat passenger has been identified as 27-year-old “Johnny” Reachsieh Khiev who was also pronounced dead at the scene. Both brothers were residents of Manchester, New Hampshire.
The third deceased victim has been identified as 14-year-old “Keo” Keotepie Khiev, a resident of Atlantic City and student at Atlantic City High School. The 14-year-old was traveling in the rear seat of the vehicle along with her 12-year-old sister who was the sole survivor of the accident. She and a toll plaza attendant were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to an officer, the vehicle struck a tollbooth and immediately became fully engulfed in flames. A witness to the crash described the accident as being “horrific” as it appeared that the vehicle ran right into the booth at full speed and was immediately set ablaze.
A Good Samaritan is being credited with helping the 12-year-old girl get away from the fire. He has been identified as Wil Del Valle, a local pastor. He, along with his wife, was traveling on the westbound side of the expressway when he witnessed the accident.
He encouraged the young girl to move away from the burning car and toward him as she repeatedly told him that her siblings were still in the burning vehicle. Mr. Del Valle states that he saw the car explode several times.
The identity of the toll booth attendant has not been released by authorities. The tragic accident remains under police investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident or has information regarding this case is being asked to contact the New Jersey State Police.
A vast majority of people will fail to recognize that single-vehicle accidents are common types of traffic accidents and they tend to be incredibly dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Traffic Administration, almost 50 percent of all traffic accidents are single-vehicle accidents, and understanding the common causes of these accidents can help prevent them from happening.
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