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The SUV tried to make a left turn from Route 206 onto Furnace Road and was hit by a truck

A woman and her grandchild were killed Thursday in Chester Township when their SUV collided with a tractor trailer at an intersection officials have long considered dangerous.

The driver of the SUV was flown to Morristown Medical Center and remained there on Friday. Police did not release the names of the victims Friday morning, saying they were still in the process of notifying relatives.

The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. as the SUV tried to make a left turn onto Furnace Road from Route 206 South and was hit by a northbound truck, according to police Chief Thomas Williver.

The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

“It’s a tough intersection,” Williver said, adding that a hill obscures oncoming traffic.

Williver said the township recently submitted plans to the New Jersey Department of Transportation seeking to add north and south left-hand turn lanes on Route 206.

The intersection can be especially hazardous for out-of-town drivers coming off Route 206 trying to enter the William J. Leber Funeral home, the chief said. The funeral home is visible from the highway but has an entrance on Furnace Road.

“It can be tough to navigate. We’d like to get traffic off that highway safely,” Williver said.

The crash is under investigation by the local police, Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Morris County Vehicular Homicide Unit, Williver said.

Route 206 was closed for about five hours Thursday for the crash investigation.

Chester Township officials say they have asked the state to install north and south left turn lanes on Route 206. Google Maps

Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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