POSTED: 7:48 a.m. EDT July 28, 2003
UPDATED: 8:36 a.m. EDT July 28, 2003

MAURICE RIVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- An auto accident early Sunday killed the fire chief of Delmont and a nephew who was also a volunteer firefighter in the town.

Gilbert Langlois Jr., 47, and Vincent E. Langlois, 34, both of Leesburg, died Sunday when the 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Gilbert Langlois failed to negotiate a turn on High Street in Heislerville.

State police said the truck bounced off the guard rail and traveled across the road and struck several trees.

The driver and passenger were pronounced dead by the Cumberland County Medical Examiners Office at 1:50 a.m.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Prior to the accident, the Langlois family made up one-third of the 21-member fire department in Delmont, a town of about 400 people nestled in the southeastern corner of Cumberland County.

Gilbert Langlois had served as chief since the late 1980's. A brother took over in the position from 1998 to 2001, and the chief's son, also named Gilbert, is the assistant chief.

In addition to Vincent, three other relatives have been involved in the fire department, including Gilbert's mother, Harriet, who once served as commissioner.

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