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UPDATED: Friday Route 70 Collision Sends Three to Hospital

Traffic was detoured on to Beckerville Road

A Friday afternoon crash along Route 70 near Manchester Boulevard sent three to the hospital and caused traffic delays in the area.

The crash occurred on the state highway just east of Manchester Boulevard at about 12:07 p.m. when a 1998 Peterbuilt dump truck and a 1997 Dodge Ram collided head-on, said Manchester Police Department Lt. Vincent Manco.

The driver of the Ram, 48-year-old John Greenough and his passenger, 45-year-old Rebecca Clayton — both of Browns Mills — were taken by MONOC1 and New Jersey State Police SouthStar helicopters to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, acccording to Manco.

Franklin Vallejo Jr., 66, of Browns Mills, was transported to Community Medical Center by a Quality Medical Transport ambulance, Manco said.

The extent of the injuries was not known as of late Friday afternoon. 

"The crash also caused significant damage to two JCP&L utility poles resulting in Route 70 being closed for several hours," Manco said. Traffic in both directions on the highway was detoured on to Beckerville Road. At the time, a continuous line of vehicles waited at the Manchester Boulevard intersection to rejoin Route 70.

Ptl. Thomas O'Hare of the police department's Traffic Safety Section is investigating the crash, Manco said. 

Also responding to the scene were Whiting's fire department and first aid squad, MONOC paramedics, New Jersey Division of Transportation, and the New Jersey State Police Commercial Vehicle Inspection Unit. 

JOHNNY Done it February 17, 2012 at 07:08 PM
there is always bad accident over in that area
barbara February 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
was at the bank in whiting and seen helicopter flying so low, figured something must have happened nearby. yea, i travel that way everyday to and from work. was off today. hope no one hurt too bad. I have seen a few accidents there and some near misses. Alot of elderly live in this area and it amazes me that they drive at their age. I am not putting down the elderly at all, but they should not be driving at 80-90.
WhitingBoy February 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
My prayers to the injured…hope for a speedy recovery. There really must be more to this stretch of road than meets the eye. I drive there everyday, and it appears to me that it is a straight road, but folks seem to find it really hard to stay on the road and away from each other. This must me the most dangerous mile of road in America.
n.delsanno February 17, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Those dump trucks speed down the roads around here like they have their own rules. The most dangerous road of all is Rte.539. The dump trucks there fly by. I never see tickets given out to them.
Ken February 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Yes, always blame the trucks
Rontr February 18, 2012 at 01:55 AM
old farts
ed crowley February 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Did not know 66 was old.
Makes sense February 18, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Put jersey barriers from Lakehurst Cirlcle to befor rt. 539. This isn't the first and won't be the last. It's getting all to common in this area. At least they finaly put delayed lights at rt.539 and rt. 70
Rontr February 18, 2012 at 04:18 AM
66 is old
dave February 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM
route 70 need to be widened to two lanes each way and jersey concrete barriers for separation,nothing worse than getting behind someone slow on rte.70
Elizabeth February 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Plenty of morons on the road, as well as MANY seniors.......Seen far too many idiots who need to pass 3 or 4 vehicles on this road at one time because God Forbid, they will have to go the speed limit for a mile or two. Lots of dump trucks, especially on Rt. 539----I fear the maniacs more than the dump truck drivers.....
Da Gr8 1 February 24, 2012 at 05:48 AM
why do we have all of these useless new lights going up on rt 530 where we dont need them but we cant fix that war zone called beckerville rd and rt 70? way to go fressola
ed crowley February 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
The improvements to 530 are by the county. The mayor has nothing to do with it.

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