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School Bus Involved in 4-Vehicle Crash in Freehold

One transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment.

A Freehold Township school bus was involved in a four-vehicle accident at Kozloski Road and Route 537 on Thursday afternoon, according to Freehold Township police.

A 2008 Hyundai Elantra driven by Joseph Trentacosta, 46, of Howell was traveling south on Kozloski Road at 1:16 p.m. and failed to observe a red traffic light, police said.

Trentacosta's car struck a 2012 Audi operated by Colts Neck resident Deber Confessore, 56, before crossing the center line of the roadway and hitting 2011 Bluebird School Bus owned by Freehold Township Board of Education. The bus was driven by Suzanne Anderson, 62, of Jackson.

Trentacosta's car and the bus then struck a 2002 Lincoln Continental operated by Nathan Davidson, 67 of Freehold Township, police said.

Trentacosta was taken from the scene by MONOC paramedics to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for treatment. An 8-year-old Freehold Township student and and the student aide, 46-year-old Kim Barrera of Freehold Township, were examined at the scene but did not require further medical attention.

Confessore complained of shoulder pain and was transported home by patrol. 

Police Officer William Peace investigated the accident and issued two motor vehicle complaints to Trentacosta as a result of the crash.

Freehold First Aid, MONOC Paramedics, Freehold Towing, Jerry’s Towing and the Monmouth County Highway Department assisted at the scene.
patricia hamilton January 30, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Hoping everyone is ok. That intersection has a crazy array of traffic lights and if you are not familiar with the intersection you think the green light is for you and it may not be. Wish the powers that be will address this
BJL January 31, 2014 at 02:56 PM
How hard can it be there is a regular signal and a left turn signal, I don't find that at all confusing. Maybe your comment should be more directed at the inability of people to pay attention to the road.
Mike February 01, 2014 at 11:17 PM
I agree with the latter. How much of a moron can you be not to observe the traffic signal. It is a green signal with a closed turning arrow. The turn arrow operates first, then turns red and the green light for north and southbound traffic turns. My 4 year old understands the intersection
Technokat February 08, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Once, I was stopped at the red light on northbound Kozloski in the left turn lane about to go west on 537. Just as the east-west light had turned red and the Kozloski left turn arrows were about to light, I noticed a white SUV approaching the intersection in the oncoming direction. The driver had a red light, yet failed to notice this as the 537 light turned red. Perhaps thinking the next light was hers, she proceeded to go through the intersection directly in front of me. She had not even slowed down. Had I turned as soon as the arrow lit up, I would never had seen her until she was in the intersection since she was coming around the bend at full speed. Two seconds earlier and she would have hit me as she ran the light on my green arrow. Hope everybody who was in this accident is ok.


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