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Van Hits Large Tree on Route 9, Freehold Driver Medevaced

The Freehold motorist was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for serious injuries suffered in the accident.

A van crashed into a tree Tuesday evening causing a Freehold woman to be entrapped and seriously injured. The accident occured in front of the Sun National Bank on Route 9 South in Manalapan.

Manalapan Police responded to the scene at around 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday in response to the serious accident. Upon investigation, police learned that the driver, a 55-year-old Freehold Township woman, struck a curb in front of the Sun National Bank causing the car to exit the roadway. The 1994 Ford Econoline van then travled about 185 feet on the grass and ultimately smashed into a large tree, Capt. Michael Fountain of the Manalapan Police Department said. 

According to police, the front portion of the van suffered significant damage and the motorist became entrapped in the vehicle. A medevac was requested to the scene and a landing zone was secured at Lafayette Mills School by Manalapan police and Gordons Corner Fire Company.

A New Jersey State Police SouthSTAR medevac helicopter arrived at the Lafayette Mills and transported the victim to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune Township. The motorist suffered serious injuries, according to Fountain.

The roadway was closed for approximately two and a half hours following the accident so a thorough investigation could be performed.

Also assisting at the scene were the Englishtown-Manalapan First Aid Squad, Robert Wood Johnson Paramedics, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and Monmouth County Sheriff's Officers Leonard Maxfield and Anthony Muscarella.

Ptl. Dennis O'Brien of the Manalapan Police Department is handling the accident investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident is encouraged to contact the police department at 732-446-4300.

This is an open investigation. Details will be added to this story as soon as they become available.

Photographs provided by the Monmouth County Fire, EMS, Police, & NJSP Medevac Ops Facebook page.

Richard September 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Wouldn't Centra State be closer. Earlier this this week a man assaulted on south and Throckmorton was also sent to to Neptune. ???
Mary Jones September 26, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Jersey Shore Univ Med Ctr has an excellent trauma unit - there is no place I would rather be sent to if I had traumatic injuries.
NJ-EON1 September 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Richard--She was taken there because Jersey Shore University Medical Center is our region's trauma center and provides advanced care for people suffering traumatic and critical injuries CentraState does not offer that level of care and neither do any of the area hospitals
Claudine Scozzari September 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Richard - Centra State Hospital paid to have the infrastructure constructed for a helicopter landing possible; however, infrastructure construction does not automatically make the medical staff qualified to handle emergencies.

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