According to Manchester police, a head-on collision on Route 70 early on Thursday morning claimed the life of a Toms River lady. Sandra Wade, 61, was identified as having passed away at the scene close to milepost 34 on Route 70, west of Route 539, according to Manchester Capt.
Vincent Manco. At about 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, Wade was driving a westbound Nissan Frontier when her pickup truck crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic and struck a Freightliner medium-duty refrigerated box truck, according to Manco.
Joseph Ballard, the 35-year-old box truck driver from Levittown, Pennsylvania, observed the Nissan and tried to swerve to avoid hitting it, according to Manco. He claimed that the pickup truck ultimately collided with the box truck’s front driver’s side.
Ballard had minor wounds but chose not to receive additional care, according to Manco.
According to him, the pickup’s roof was torn off and its front end sustained significant damage as a result of the collision.
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The New Jersey Department of Transportation Diversion Team, the Berkeley Emergency Hazmat Response Team, EMTs and firefighters from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, Robert Wood Johnson paramedics, firefighters from the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, Pemberton Township police officers, and New Jersey State Troopers all provided assistance at the scene.
On Thursday morning, Route 70 was shut down for more than five hours while authorities investigated the collision and cleaned up the scene. Failure to maintain lane looks to be the biggest contributing issue, according to Manco, but Manchester Patrolman Michael O’Hara is currently looking into it.