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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 07, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Jessie Mac <3
Mike February 07, 2013 at 03:59 PM
It is long over due that something should be done with Rt 70 between Lakehurst and Whiting. To many people are getting seriously injured or killed. Something should be done immediately with the intersection at Rt. 70 and Manchester Blvd. To many seniors are pulling out in front of traffic that is doing the speed limit of 55 mph. Someday I hope to be a senior, but something has to be done. They should be re-tested at motor vehicle at a certain age. I know it sounds like discrimination, but I'm sorry, some seniors are a danger to theselves and others behind the wheel. Somebody has to tell them they can't drive if their family isn't going too. Some of the seniors don't have family support to tell them. There's alot of them behind the wheel with dementia. It's a horrible disease and I feel for them, but you have to think of the safety of others too.
britt February 07, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Mike.. i couldnt have said it better myself...
Tania Lawson February 07, 2013 at 06:28 PM
The ramp cut off to Rt 70 from Manchester Blvd is very dangerous. I have been using it every day but can see why older people may not be able to judge distances for entering traffic.
Mike February 07, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Ramp should be closed then people will be forced to use light with no turn on red. Also, Beckerville Rd needs to be re-done where it meets Rt. 70 near rest area. That is another difficult angle to stop at when you are trying to pull out onto 70. During rush hour, a person can sit there for 15 minutes waiting to get out safely. Impatient drivers pull out when they shouldn't and BAM!!! another major accident with road closure. I have witnessed many and I mean MANY close calls at Beckerville and 70. DOT needs to get off its ass and widen 70 with proper lights. RT 70 should be opened up like Rt 37 from Brick all the way to at least Whiting. It should continue the whole distance to Ben Franklin. Rt. 70 is about 20 years over due for an upgrade to accomodate the increased traffic we have on our roads today. DOT its time to finish your business and get off the pot. If you know what I mean...
WhtgJohn February 07, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I totally agree, but the State of New Jersey has the final say (not the family) and they aren't saying anything. Also, police can require a driving retest, but they don't want to be bothered with the paperwork. Politicians don't want to make the seniors angry and do nothing about this. Meanwhile, the state renews the licenses of people in their nineties like they are candy. Sad situation for everyone!
barb February 07, 2013 at 11:08 PM
That time of day, westbound, is also very bad with the sun, I drive it almost everyday. Some people, old, young and in between slow down to 30 mph, others do not. How do you stop the sun from setting? I always warn anyone going that way to wear good sunglasses, even then it's bad.
dave February 07, 2013 at 11:37 PM
two lanes each way with concrete dividers, and there is plenty of room to do so
John E February 08, 2013 at 02:00 AM
The article never stated who fault it was, it only said the young lady and senior collided head-on. This happen at Beckerville road and Rt 70....I travel that a lot and to go onto Manchester Blvd, there is a left turn only lane on westbound Rt 70 to turn onto Manchester blvd. When I sit at that light to make that left turn there was plenty of times I see vehicles coming right at me going east bound. Rt 70 is two lanes only in that area and some expect that all the way..but at that light its three lanes now west bound because of that left turn lane for a few yards. Scares the heck outta me when I see cars coming east bound to make that left turn at the light on to Manchester Blvd.
tax paying concerned citizen February 08, 2013 at 03:34 PM
accident was right where the entry onto rt 70 is in front of the day care bldg. person who was traveling west bound (senior) hit the other as they just entered onto rt 70. i saw it...horrible scene:( west bound person crossed right into east bound lane.
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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