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UPDATE: Three Lakewood Women Seriously Injured In Route 9 Accident In Bayville

Women were struck by a pickup truck near the New Jersey Transit bus stop; Route 9 reopened

Three Lakewood women were seriously injured Fright night after they were struck by a pickup truck while attempting to cross Route 9 at Frederick Drive, Sgt. Philip Smith said.

Although Route 9 was closed for almost two hours after the accident, it is now open both northbound and southbound, police said.

The women - all from Morris Boulevard in Lakewood - had just been dropped off by a southbound New Jersey Transit bus at the bus stop near Frederick Drive when the accident occurred.

A three-year-old girl one of the women was holding was not injured seriously and suffered only minor abrasions, Smith said.

The driver, Thomas Caranno, 70, Bayville, was driving his 1998 pickup truck southbound when the truck struck the women, he said.

It does not appear that alcohol or excessive speed were a factor in the accident, Smith said.

Police were hampered by a language barrier in attempting to communicate with the three women, who are all Hispanic, he said.

All three women were airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Their conditions were unavailable tonight.

"We just helicoptered the last patient out," Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said earlier this evening. "It's going to be a little while to sort everything out."

Route 9 northbound is closed at Moorage Avenue and southbound at the entrance to the Berkeley Plaza.

The accident is under investigation by Berkeley Police Officers Tammy Clermont and Rip Bondulich and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Smith said.

Come back to Berkeley Patch later for more information on this developing story.

Xavier March 26, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Thank you.
Xavier March 26, 2012 at 02:01 PM
As if I had any doubt before racism is alive and thriving in NJ. How quickly people forget where they came from. The Italians, the Irish, the Chinese. It's like a revolving door.
Mattie March 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Well, see Chris... within the last couple of decades or so, this notion of America being a Private Country Club for White, Christian Men who can then decide to change the membership criteria to exclude everyone outside their narrow (minded) circle of "acceptable folks" has been taking root and growing wildly. Now everyone who speaks anything other than English, anyone with an accent, anyone with a "foreign" sounding last name, anyone who isn't pale skinned, fine-featured Aryan looking, everyone who might for any reason cling to their ethnic heritage's customs, clothing or traditions while trying to live here in "Ahmerka" MUST be an illegal. Didn't you know that??
Nicole March 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
The fact that not one of them spoke any English pretty much sums up the fact that they're here illegally. They couldn't even produce identification. I know damn well that I never leave house without my ID, most women I know don't. Especially when traveling with young children. And believe me, if I knew of anyone living by me that was here illegally I would report them. Not that it would do much good because our country works too hard trying to do more for the people who DRAIN our resources rather than help the people whose taxes FUND those resources.
JOHNNY Done it March 26, 2012 at 02:44 PM
LISTEN MY grand parents came to the US the proper way not sneak in the border drop an anchor baby...next time u go into lowes ..home depot... do you see irish.russian,polish, french,german, etc.. on the aisle signs or the other in store derectories . Thats discrimmination..All of our relatives did it the right way & paid there way...not the freebie at hospital. using it as doctors office. or other free social services..they carry more cash then us hard working citizens

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