The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of family members, Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said. They were identified as a 77-year-old woman and an 88-year-old man.
The 5:15 p.m. accident occurred as the man was driving the couple's Toyota southbound on Massachusetts Avenue. He was making a left turn when the car collided with a northbound Ford F-250 pickup truck, Mastronardy said.
The woman was transported to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood where she was pronounced dead. Her husband was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The driver of the pickup refused medical attention, Mastronardy said.
Pleasant Plains Fire Company responded to the scene for extrication, and traffic was delayed in the area for two hours during the investigation, according to the chief.The accident, still under investigation, is being probed by Toms River Traffic Safety Officers Brian Doyle, Robert Westfall, and David Bartoshek. Also investigating are officers with the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.