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Three Car Crash at Eatontown Route 35-36 Intersection Hospitalizes Two

The crash occurred on the afternoon of Sept. 9

By Christopher Sheldon

Two people were hospitalized following a three-car crash at the intersection of Route 35 and Route 36 in Eatontown on Sept. 9.

Eatontown Police Det. Lawrence Tyler said two vehicles were attempting to make a left turn from Highway 35 southbound onto Highway 36 Eastbound with the green arrow when a third vehicle traveling north on Highway 35 entered the intersection and hit the first vehicle making the left turn and then careened off of that vehicle and hit the second vehicle.

The driver of the third vehicle, Margaret Lucas, 66, of Eatontown, was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center for a head injury, Tyler said.

The passenger in the second vehicle to be struck, Joan Ogden, 82, of Ocean Grove, was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center after complaining of chest pains.

The driver of the first vehicle to be struck, Dulce Heinrich, 31, of Long Branch, complained of shoulder pain but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Tyler said Lucas was issued a summons for careless driving.

The Eatontown First Aid Squad, along with Action Ambulance and MONOC Paramedics responded to the scene to help the victims and investigate the cause of the crash, which caused traffic delays in and around the area.

Tyler said the crash is being investigated by P.O Ryan Braswell. and that anyone who may have witnessed the accident should contact him at 732-542-0100.

Brian Walter September 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM
This is the first accident I have heard about since the new intersection configuration. Are there any stats on the safety record of the new intersection compared to the previous design? I find traffic congestion is a little less. But the light timing changed also, so that might be the reason? Time for some investigative reporting from the PATCH!
E Thorne Morris September 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Running a red light is reckless driving, or if the two cars turning left were going through a yellow light, that was careless. We have to rely on traffic rules, it is for the safety of all drivers. Hope everyone heals from this crash.
Bob Job September 10, 2013 at 09:38 PM
The police already said the light was green for the left hand turn. The two cars that got hit were in the intersection because the light was green. So to me Ms. Lucas failed to stop on the red.
Jaime Carlesimo September 10, 2013 at 11:58 PM
That whole intersection is a debacle. Just because patch doesn't report every accident doesn't mean accidents didnt happen.

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