A total of 43 people died in 39 fatal accidents in the county in 2018. That total amounted to five fewer fatalities than the 48 killed in the county in 2017 and seven fewer fatal accidents, according to New Jersey State Police statistics.

Fewer people died in traffic accidents in Burlington County last year, although its highways and roads were still among the deadliest in New Jersey.

A total of 43 people died in 39 fatal accidents in the county in 2018. That total amounted to five fewer fatalities than the 48 killed in the county in 2017 and seven fewer fatal accidents, according to New Jersey State Police statistics.

The total death toll was fourth among New Jersey’s 21 counties, behind Middlesex’s 51 deaths, Camden’s 47, and Essex’s 45.

A county-by-county list of the fatal accidents in each county is published by the state police at njsp.org/info/fatalacc/2018-stats.shtml. The numbers are considered preliminary.

Statewide, 525 people died in 526 accidents, a 9.4 percent reduction in the 624 traffic fatalities that occurred in New Jersey in 2017.

Burlington County’s total was actually the fourth lowest in the past 18 years. Only the 31 fatalities from 2014 and the 35 in 2013 and 2010 were lower.

Twenty-two of the people killed in Burlington County last year were drivers, 8 were passengers, 12 were pedestrians and one was a bicyclist, according to the state police.

Twenty-one of the 39 fatal crashes occurred on state highways, eight were on county highways and four were on local roads. Another six were on the county’s stretches of Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike.

Burlington County is the largest county in New Jersey and has the most miles of roads, as well as long stretches of several major highways, including the turnpike, I-295 and the Garden State Parkway.

Route 130 was the deadliest road through the county last year with 10 fatalities from eight accidents, followed by I-295 with five deaths in five accidents and Route 206 with five deaths from three accidents.

Route 130 has repeatedly been labeled as one of the state’s most dangerous highways in recent years because of its high numbers of traffic deaths, particularly pedestrians. In response, the New Jersey Department of Transportation has made some improvements, including additional signs and crosswalks, and a reduction in the travel lanes between East Federal and Wood streets in Burlington City to reduce speeds.

Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Troy Singleton, D-7th of Delran, and Assembly members Herb Conaway, D-7th of Delran, and Carol Murphy, D-7th of Mount Laurel, would also reduce the speed limit on that section on Route 130 near Burlington City High School to 25 mph at all times. Currently, the speed limit is 40 mph most of the day but 25 mph when students are most often coming to and from the school.

The bill, which also raises the fines for speeding in the designated school zone, is named “Antwan’s Law” after Antwan Timbers Jr., a 17-year-old Burlington City student who was killed by a vehicle in May 2016 while walking home along Route 130. It received final approval in December and is now on awaiting action by Gov. Phil Murphy.

The deadliest accident last year occurred May 5 when two pickup trucks collided on Route 206 in Eastampton, claiming the lives of three people.

There were also two fatalities on Route 130 that claimed multiple lives. The first was Jan. 13 in Willingboro and involved a minivan that was stopped in the jughandle of Route 130 and Bridgeboro Road when it was struck by a northbound BMW. The force of the crash sent the van through a guard barrier and down an embankment into Olympia Lakes, where it became submerged. Two occupants in the van were pulled from the vehicle by rescue crews but died.

The driver of the BMW has been charged with two counts of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the crash. He was also charged with several traffic offenses, including speeding and driving while intoxicated.

The other multiple-fatal happened on July 31 on Route 130 in Burlington City and involved a dump truck that collided with a van at the intersection with Columbus Road. Two passengers in the van were killed.