One person was injured following a 5-vehicle crash early Thursday morning, the Toms River Police Department says.
Responding officers reported that a vehicle traveling south on Route 9 veered off the road and struck a utility pole in front of 1380 Route 9 after the driver was allegedly blinded by a northbound vehicle’s headlights.
The utility pole was destroyed resulting in wires down across Route 9. A northbound vehicle and another vehicle traveling southbound (behind vehicle 1) were unable to avoid the pole and debris that fell in the road.
A third southbound vehicle was able to stop before hitting the pole or any other vehicles but was subsequently struck in the rear by a fourth southbound vehicle.
A passenger from the fourth southbound vehicle was transported to CMC with a complaint of head pain. All 5 vehicles were damaged and 2 vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The driver that struck the pole was issued tickets for the crash.
Route 9 was detoured between Route 571 and Whitty Rd for approximately 1 hour.
Roadwork continues on the shoulder but the road is reopened.