9 Injured In Route 70 Accident; Crash Involved 6 Vehicles
Accident scene was Van Zile Road and Route 70.
Brick Township Police and a number of local fire and EMS squads responded to a serious motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Van Zile Road and Route 70 around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night.
In all, nine people were injured in the crash, which involved a total of six vehicles. Several victims had to be extricated from two of the vehicles.
Police have yet to release the names of those injured.
The crash is still under investigation, according to Ptl. Jay Lampiasi of the Brick Township Police Department, who is in charge of the investigation.
One person was ejected from a vehicle in the collision, Lampiasi said.
Four of the people involved in the crash were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, with serious injuries, and the other five were transported to Ocean Medical Center, Brick, for treatment.
No victim was reported to be in critical condition, according to police.
Route 70 from Jack Martin Boulevard to Morris Avenue was closed for approximately five hours during the investigation.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Traffic Operations Division responded to assist in the road closure and detouring traffic around the crash scene.
Laurelton Fire Company, first fire company dispatched to the accident, quickly put out a call to the Herbertsville Fire Company for assistance, then held its apparatus in quarters.
Point Pleasant Beach was called to the scene with an ambulance in what was put out on the police radio as a "mass casualty incident in Brick."
MONOC paramedics also responded to the scene along with Brick Township EMS.
At 7:08 p.m., it was reported by fire officials at the scene that all injured individuals had been removed from vehicles.
Fire officials had requested a medevac for the most seriously injured, with a landing zone at Vets Middle School, but all medevacs had been grounded by the weather.
The crash is being investigated by Ptl. Jeff Lindquist and Ptl. Lampiasi of the Brick Township Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 732-262-1140.