One Injured in Five-Vehicle Accident on Route 9 in Toms River

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.

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  1. But the driver said he was blinded my the on-coming vehicle. I happen to agree with him. I have been blinded by on-coming vehicles with those new, high power, LED headlights. When it is dark out, like at night, your pupils in your eyes open wider to let in more light. So the pupils are open wide and suddenly you get a very bright light shining into them. You bet that you are going to be blinded for a few moments.

  2. I agree with ‘A Reader’.
    My mom has a harder time driving at night; now that there are these cars with blinding headlights.
    Even though it doesn’t look so bright from the drivers perspective, however for oncoming cars it can be dangerous. [Certain angles aren’t problematic, others terribly so.]
    I personally don’t have an issue with it, as I’m younger and it doesn’t bother me too much, though I definitely see the issue (no pun intended!!!).

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