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Manchester Officer Responding to Crash Hurt in Another

More than 20 accidents were reported Friday morning.

Ptl. Richard Conklin was treated at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, but later released, police said.
Ptl. Richard Conklin was treated at Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, but later released, police said.

A Manchester Township Police officer who was headed to the scene of one of 21 car accidents in the township wasn't seriously hurt when his patrol car slid off the road and hit a pole Friday morning, police said.

Ptl. Richard Conklin was headed down Route 539, where numerous accidents had been reported through Whiting and into Lacey Township, when his car slid off the road near McMahon Avenue and smacked into a utility pole, police said.

Conklin was taken to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood for treatment, police said, and was released later in the morning.

Most of the 21 accidents, which all occurred between 6:30 and 9:30 a.m., throughout the township didn't result in any injuries, police said—only four people were reported hurt.

Assisting members of the Manchester Township Police Department at Conklin's crash were sheriff’s officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Liz P January 10, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I think the poles should be further back, they are to close to the streets...or put steel barriers in front of them so it will protect the poles.....
Liz P January 10, 2014 at 01:39 PM
I hope the police officer will be ok....
Scott Neuman January 10, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Feel better Officer.
diane January 10, 2014 at 04:22 PM
when I left work at 730 am rt 70 east from whiting to toms river was a sheet of ice..i was doing maybe 35mph...3 cop cars were flying west on 70..i guess to the accident...but even cop cars cant beat the ice...slow down officers...better to be safe then a statistic...
Mark Wendell January 10, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Feel better Ptl Conklin.

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