Police & Fire

Fiery Crash Claims the Life of Montclair Native and Children

3b2638734e424d1e5626_renae.gilliam.jpg
Credits: Facebook
60276dbf6e6f283a782b_image1__25_.JPG
Credits: Mike Straub
3b2638734e424d1e5626_renae.gilliam.jpg

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. — A fiery crash claimed the life of Montclair native Renae Gilliam and her two teenage children Monday morning, Pennsylvania WGAL news outlets reported.

Gilliam and her two children were traveling on Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa. when the Nissan Sentra they were traveling in struck a deer and became disabled in the southbound lane around 5:17 a.m., says state police officials.

A 31-year-old man was driving a Chevy Trailblazer when it struck Gilliam's disabled vehicle. Gilliam's vehicle burst into flames as the impact pushed it into the median, killing all three of the occupants, according to reports.

Sign Up for E-News

Gilliam attended the Montclair Public Schools and was a Montclair High School graduate. She worked for the City of East Orange for many years before recently moving to Georgia. Gilliam and her children had recently been in New Jersey visiting family.

Troopers stated in a release, "Law enforcement officials said the following in a statement, "Troopers from the Chambersburg barracks responded to a two vehicle fatal crash this morning at approximately 5:17 a.m. at mile marker 12 southbound on Interstate 81, Guilford Township, Franklin County. A Nissan Sentra was traveling southbound in the left hand lane when it struck a deer and became disabled in the travel lane. A 31 year old Chambersburg man, driving a Chevy Trailblazer, did not see the disabled vehicle and rear ended it. Upon impact, the Nissan was pushed into the median where it burst into flames. All occupants of the car were killed. At this time there appear to have been multiple victims. The driver of the Chevy was taken to Chambersburg hospital via ambulance with moderate injuries. The crash is still under investigation...." 

Interstate 81 southbound was closed for several hours following the crash.

The accident is still under investigation.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montclair

South Orange - Maplewood School District Responds to Threatening Message Painted in Columbia H.S. Lot

February 15, 2018

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) sent an email to Columbia High School (CHS) families at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday with information about the threatening message that was found painted in the CHS lot that morning. 

The large message was painted on the ground of the student parking lot on Parker Avenue, about a half-block from CHS, and stated, ...

Over 25 Cats, 1 Dog Rescued From Deplorable Conditions in Woodland Park Hoarding Case

February 15, 2018

WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Over 25 cats and one dog were were removed from deplorable conditions in a home of a local elderly woman 

Passaic County S.P.C.A. Humane Police and Wayne Township Animal Control, who services the Borough of Woodland Park, responded to the home at 15 Hillery Street on a report of animals living in deplorable conditions in a home ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, February 18

Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: Volunteer Art Show!

Arts & Entertainment Green

Sun, February 18, 2:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Author/Artist Talk about Before She Was Harriet

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 18, 2:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

Author/Artist Talk about Before She Was Harriet

Arts & Entertainment

Montclair Police Blotter: Multiple Vehicles Rummaged, Arrests and More

February 14, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was released by the Montclair Police Department on February 13, 2018:

Arrest:
02-05- 2018 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. David Blakely, 27yoa from Montclair was arrested on an open
Montclair warrant ($250)
02-09- 2018 (Lackawanna Plaza) Ms. Tawanna Hill, 36yoa from Montclair, was arrested for open
warrants out of Montclair and Little Falls totaling ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...

New Law Requires Amateur Sports Organizations To Report Sexual Abuse

February 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — . – Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 was signed into law on Jan. 14, 2018, effective immediately.

The bill imposes a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a ...