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3 Airlifted to Hospital After Head-On Collision

Extrication required in two-car accident on Lacey Road

Two Forked River women and one Smithville resident were airlifted to a hospital after a head-on motor vehicle collision on Lacey Road Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 4:51 p.m. police responded to a two-car accident on Lacey Road, west of Dover Road near the Bamber Lake Fire Department.

A Honda Accord and Chevrolet Cavalier were found in the westbound lane of Lacey Road and sustained significant front-end damage.

The Accord was facing east in the westbound lane and had struck the Cavalier, which was traveling in the westbound lane, head-on.

Extrication was required, Capt. David Paprota said.

The female driver of the Accord, 69, of Smithville, the female driver of the Cavalier, 24, and a female passenger of the Cavalier, 56, both of Forked River were all transported by helicopter to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.

The conditions of the patients are currently unknown, although Paprota described the injuries as serious.

The accident remains under investigation by the Lacey Township Police Department as far as what caused the driver of the Accord to cross over into oncoming traffic.

The Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigations Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, MONOC Paramedics, Lacey Township EMS, Forked River Fire Department and the Bamber Lake Fire Department responded to the scene.

Please return to Lacey Patch as more information becomes available.

Valerie Palmer-Jones December 04, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Prayers are sent!
maureen December 04, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Three helicopters did land in Bamber, sending prayers to the families involved.
Leo December 04, 2012 at 11:57 PM
People drive pretty crazy on that road !! I hope they are ok
Carolyn Bentley December 05, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I Live in Bamber Lake Just got home from work and Lacey road road is still blocked off west of Dover road...My prayers are with the families involved...
marthe konczal December 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I feel a traffic light needs to b put at that intersection...people are driving well over 60mph. Also driving recklessly...and we need more police patrol in our neck of the woods....the race starts from manchester and ends before the parkway entrance
matt December 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I saw the choppers, they were pretty sweet. 2 landed next to each other. Hope everyone is ok
Susan December 05, 2012 at 02:45 AM
People drive crazy and are impatient and try to pass using the oncoming lane....I was hit by a mack truck because someone was talking on a cell phone..my car was totaled but I managed to survive. I was driving safe but people are just foolish and rushing... I hate that road but am forced to use it to get to work. I pray everyone is alright...
A Gray December 05, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I was one of first on scene any word on victims?
sherry December 05, 2012 at 10:52 AM
M&M praying for a speedy recovery for you both❤
Brian December 05, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those involved and hope they are all OK. My wife and I were trying to make a left onto Newark Ave from Lacey Road west bound when the fire trucks and ambulances were flying to the scene of the accident. I understand that time is critical but the drivers of these emergency vehicles need to slow down when going through such a busy area as this during rush hour. There was no place for anyone to move, including my wife and I who were stuck out there in the left turn lane. That area is crazy enough at 4:30 PM and on without the fire trucks rolling through with horns and sirens blazing. Fortunately there was no other accident caused during this but if there were then no one is getting any help fast. We appreciate everything our first responders do but for everyone’s safety, please consider the environment when rushing to the scene. Thank You.
Ralph lukas December 05, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I was also one of the first non responder on scene, just after it happened. It was the most helpless situation I have ever been in. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims families.
GB Shore December 05, 2012 at 12:44 PM
you're kidding right? Were you paying attention? Did you hear the sirens? When you hear sirens, you immediately make a move to clear the roadway....I am SURE there was plenty of time from when you first heard the sirens to when they got to you. Emergency responders are trained and the suggestion they THEY are reckless is off base. When you hear sirens, get out of the way.....that is what YOU are supposed to do.....
Michael Hendrickson December 05, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I agree about those reckless emergency responders..As soon as Those lights go on they care about no one else on the road
Mike December 05, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I too live in Bamber and was on my way home and was there before emergency vehicles.. what a terrible scene and I hope all are ok.
grace December 05, 2012 at 02:53 PM
here we go again.....when you hear , see etc emergency workers, vehicles it is the law to pull over and stop til they have gone by....respect them and the injured by doing so thanks
Krista Callahan-Sierra December 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
As a first responder I just want to say that if it were your loved ones in those vehicles you would not care how fast I was driving my emergency vehicle because it would not be fast enough....with that being said critically ill or injured patients have what we call the "golden hour". Which means if they are transported and treatment is begun with in that hour their chance of survival is greater...in a serious car accident that golden hour dwindles away very quickly because people are very often trapped and need to be extricated as in the case of this accident with all three patients. As first responders we are trained to drives those vehicles with lights and sirens. The don't just hand you keys and say have at it....we don't jump in an ambulance and get excited because we get to drive fast and go through lights we focused on getting safely to our patients to save their lives. We depend on the public around us to follow the rules and pull over or out of our way. More often than not....they don't. Some don't even pay attention to use. Just and FYI. Most accidents that involve first responder vehicles are not cause by the driver of the responding vehicle. It's cause by the person driving their own car.......
jennifer December 05, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I agree when you hear it, when you see it "MOVE!" there's plenty of time and put yourself in the other person's shoes as you complain, you would want the firetruck or ambulance to have the ability to spread wings and fly like an f14 and that wouldn't be quick enough for you! Also have respect for our officers, move over just a bit when you see them on the side of the road. They give up so much to do for us, when we need them. Including jumping out of their comfy warm slumber to race to your need, or leave in the middle of a family holiday meal. I am a proud parent of a first responder, and support all those who volunteer and give so much. I just want to say "THANK YOU"
Corrie Simons December 05, 2012 at 06:33 PM
That is total wrong to say.
frank rizzo December 05, 2012 at 06:57 PM
its true most people you see are clueless as to what to do if an emergency vehicle is behind them or is going to cross their path. most of them are on cell phones and dont give way to the flashing lights behind them. maybe someday it might be a member of their family in an ambulance behind someone who is too stupid to pull over and let it pass.
Laceygirl128 December 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Two of these women are my family members and I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person who helped them. You are all truly incredible people for all that you do & things are going as well as they are because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And to the person complaining about the ambulance driving too fast.....really? I know it's a bit hectic when they are so loud & you aren't sure where they are coming from & whatever but, seriously, don't complain....it could be you in our shoes one day.
Tim O C December 05, 2012 at 08:34 PM
@ Laceygirl more importantly how are they doing? Heres hoping for a speedy recovery!
annoyed December 05, 2012 at 09:59 PM
This is why Old people need to be retested from 65 and up yearly for a drivers lic. They cause accidents and bitch about the people rushing to help them! You dont like it, get off the road!
lisyemarie December 05, 2012 at 11:05 PM
How are the 3 women doing?
ashley faiella December 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
thank you everyone for the prayers for my family this is my aunt and cousin <3
J.Dubbs December 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Go !! Go as fast as you can . But give us all a brake when it's 5:30am or 11 at night and your blasting your sirens for a BS call throu Lacey there's no need for it your not that cool. As a former volunteer I can pitcher the seen I hope all recover well
Krista Callahan-Sierra December 06, 2012 at 02:25 AM
@laceygirl and Ashley. Glad to hear they are doing well. I will take that back to my squad members who were on the scene to help them. It's nice to know how your patients are doing after you transfer their care. I couldn't be happier to hear!
Skipper6126 December 07, 2012 at 04:43 PM
you surely must be the most perfect driver. most people have no common courtesy to move over for the responders in their emergency apparatus, so forget in their personal vehicles..if you had a family member in this situation, im pretty sure you would want them as fast as possible. let them do their job and dont coach them how YOU THINK it should be done..trying getting in their shoes in a situation like the one presented..
Skipper6126 December 07, 2012 at 04:53 PM
as you say that those emergency responders are wreckless and care about no one on the road, be careful what you are saying..they are going to save someone else who might be on the road in an emergency situation. you certainly wouldnt be complaining if someone in your family or even yourself was in need of the appropriate emergency service in a time of need. so before you criticze. if you are in need of a service, let them take their time without lights or sirens...but of course you wil probably complain about that too..
marie clayton January 10, 2013 at 10:50 PM
thanks everyone who helped me and my daughter .we are healing but going to take time.and to all that sent prayers and get well wishes.god bless you all.

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