Three people were killed on the eastbound Atlantic City Expressway in New Jersey including two from New Hampshire when a vehicle hit the Egg Harbor toll plaza Sunday night and burst into flames, according to State Police.

The vehicle struck the plaza in Hamilton Township (Atlantic County)  around 9:10 p.m. and quickly became completely engulfed in flames, according to State Police spokesman Philip Curry. The driver, Reachthon Khiev, 31, of Manchester and two passengers, Reachsieh Khiev, 27, of Manchester and Keotepie Khiev, 14, of Atlantic City died in the crash.

A third passenger, a 12-year-old girl. was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries while a worker in the toll plaza sustained moderate non-life-threatening injuries.

Curry did not know the relationship between the occupants of the Honda.

Photos and video of the crash show a Honda sedan on fire inside Lane 5 of the toll plaza. Some of the letters on the sign above the lane were melted by the heat of the fire.

Fire at the Egg Harbor toll plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway 12/26/21
Fire at the Egg Harbor toll plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway 12/26/21 (Steven Ross via Twitter @SteveRoss81)
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Emergency repairs close lanes

The eastbound lanes were closed for several hours after the crash for the initial investigation and cleanup.  The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Atlantic City Expressway  runs east-west between Atlantic City and the Philadelphia suburbs in southern New Jersey.

Lane 5 of the Egg Harbor toll plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway after a fire 12/27/21
Lane 5 of the Egg Harbor toll plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway after a fire 12/27/21 (Steve Keeley via Twitter @KeeleyFox29)
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Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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