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Firefighter Among 2 Dead In Fiery Crash In Hopewell Township

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) -- A New Jersey firefighter was among two people who were killed in a fiery crash in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, on Monday afternoon.

Firefighters and police were dispatched to the 1600 block of River Road, just after 12:30 p.m.

Chopper 3 was over the scene where a charred car and truck could be seen.

Police say the two vehicles collided, sparking a fire. The person driving the car was killed in the accident.

Police have not identified the victim, but the Lambertville Fire Department identified the driver as Mark Leary Sr. A passenger in Leary's car also died in the accident.

"It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of firefighter Mark Leary Sr. Mark was taken from us today in a tragic auto accident on Route 29 in Hopewell Township," the department posted on Facebook.

"Mark was always willing to help you no matter the circumstances, and often stepped up to the plate when nobody else would. This is a very sad time for the members of Fire District 1, We ask that you keep his family in your prayers tonight and the weeks to come for this is a truly tragic loss for his family .We will miss you Mark, Godspeed Brother may you Rest In Peace," the department added.

Leary leaves behind two sons, Mark Leary Jr. and Collin Leary, who are also members of the department.

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