Authorities: Mass. driver in fatal crash was drunk

The driver was from Leominster

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say preliminary tests show a Massachusetts man was driving drunk when his car crashed near the Lincoln Tunnel in northern New Jersey, killing him and two other people.

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari says investigators also found cocaine, marijuana and several prescription bottles of sleep and pain medications in the car.

The single-vehicle crash occurred around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in North Bergen, on a Route 3 East ramp that merges into Route 495. The vehicle struck a guardrail and became airborne, then landed on the driver’s side door and slid about 153 feet before hitting a light pole and breaking apart.

Killed in the crash were the driver, 34-year-old Miguel Barreto Jr. of Leominster, and two passengers — 32-year-old Margarita Santiago of Passaic and 37-year-old Hector Perez, also of Leominister.

Barreto’s sister, Vivian, told The Record ( that her brother had taken their mother’s car to New Jersey to pick up their cousin, Santiago, and drive her to Massachusetts to meet his two daughters. Further details on the victims were not disclosed.

All three lanes of Route 3 were shut down for more than two hours following the crash, causing lengthy traffic backups in the area for several hours.

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