UPDATE: Two Injured In Route 70 Head-On Crash In Manchester

Three vehicles were involved in the collision

Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday on Route 70, near Beckerville Road, police said.

Jessica MacLean, 32, of Lakehurst was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune, via Media-Vac, for leg and internal injuries, police said.

Charles D. Johnson, 77, of Toms River was also transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital, by ambulance, for face and internal pain. A third person, James M. McGinty, 54, of Whiting was not injured in the crash, police said.

At 2:53 p.m., 2011 Cadillac SRX, operated by Johnson, was traveling westbound on Route 70 when it collided head-on with a 2001 Dodge STR, police said.

The Dodge, which was traveling eastbound on Route 70, was operated by MacLean, police said.

The impact forced MacLean's vehicle to rotate, and it was then struck by a 2001 Toyota Pick-Up that was also traveling eastbound on Route 70, operated by McGinty. 

Assisting at the scene were the Whiting Volunteer Fire Depatment, Quality First Aid, MONOC Paramedics and Media-Vac, State Police and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office, among others.

The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Douglas Higgins and Ptl. Antonio Ellis, Manchester Traffic Safety Section and Ptl. Scott Thompson of the Patrol Division.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact the Manchester Township Police, Traffic Safety Section, at 732-657-2009, X4400.

Laura Anderson February 08, 2013 at 06:11 PM
She was on 70 as was he... she was not coming off the ramp. He had a diabetic seizure and crossed over. I know her, according to her she was conscious the whole time and remembers everything ...the problem here is not the road, it's the massive amount of seniors who shouldn't be driving
anthony February 11, 2013 at 07:53 AM
they should have to turn at the light. as for beckerville it should be a oneway going west or put a light there... both are sucidle.
despicable me February 23, 2013 at 04:22 PM
mayor mike of Manchester, what is your opinion on re-testing seniors? thanks.
Barbara Hellenack March 10, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Sounds like we all agree that the ramp entrance to 70 East from Manchester Blvd as well as the Beckerville Rd access to 70 East are 2 dangerous intersections that need to be improved SOONER RATHER THEN LATER. Manchester Blvd ramp should be closed with access to 70 only at the light. That's not too costly and can be quickly implimented. Barbara H.
Tom Rich April 26, 2013 at 08:33 PM
I think everyone agrees on the danger at the two named intersections. Something really needs to be done. Who do we contact? I will mention another dangerous intersection which I believe is partly in Toms River and partly in Manchester. This is route 37 and Northampton Blvd. The jughandle is totally inadequate and later in the day it is near impossibe to go around it and then get into the left turning left due to the traffic coming out of Wawa and people coming on Northampton. While on the subject of traffic, why is not Township Line Road opened up and why isn't St. Catherine Blvd. opened up to Oakridge Parkway? AND what about Rt 9 in Toms Rive----a true nightmare!!!!!!


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