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New Jersey explosion victim identified

Published On: Mar 05 2014 12:59:43 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 06 2014 05:20:12 AM EST

NJ explosion update


The victim of a massive explosion at a New Jersey town house development has been identified as a woman who lived in the home that was leveled.
Police said Wednesday that the body of 62-year-old Linda Cerritelli was found on a car. The vehicle was near the site of Tuesday's explosion in the town of Ewing, just outside the state capital of Trenton.
Twenty or more houses at the development are still uninhabitable.
Seven utility workers were injured in the blast, which occurred after utility officials said a contractor replacing electric service to Cerritelli's home damaged a gas line.
Health products giant Johnson & Johnson says she was a regional office coordinator for the company.

Meantime, records show the contractor working at the site of the explosion has been fined more than $100,000 by federal safety monitors for problems at two other work sites.
Records provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration show that Henkels & McCoy was fined $70,000 for safety violations at a work site in Bayonne and $42,000 for violations in Neptune.
The violations involved signaling and warning signs and protection of workers during excavations. The company is contesting the fines.

A spokesman for Henkels & McCoy says the company is deeply saddened at the loss of life and will cooperate fully with the investigation.