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Multiple Accidents Reported in Icy Conditions

West Lacey Road now closed near Dover Road intersection

An accident on West Lacey Road in Lacey. (Photo: Lacey PD)
An accident on West Lacey Road in Lacey. (Photo: Lacey PD)
Multiple accidents have been reported as a result of Friday morning's freezing rain, and several local police departments are advising drivers to stay off the roads.

In Lacey Township, West Lacey Road in the Bamber Lakes section has been shut down following an accident that has been attributed to the ice, Chief David A. Paprota said.

The closure – which is centered at the Dover Road intersection – is a result of a van striking a utility pole with the pole falling onto another vehicle. All those involved were transported from the scene to Community Medical Center, according to the chief.

Toms River and Manchester Township Police both issued warnings this morning after multiple crashes. Brick Township Police and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department also sent out a warning message of extremely icy road conditions. Jackson police reported more than 50 accidents by 10 a.m.

Several crashes were reported on Route 539 in Whiting and into Lacey Township, police said, and road conditions could stay hazardous much of the morning, with freezing rain predicted through as late as 11 a.m.

According to scanner reports, an EMS strike team from Monmouth County was being called in by Ocean County officials to handle the call volume.

Lacey Township PD January 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM
The Lacey Township Police Department issued a warning to residents this morning via the police department website which immediately posted to Facebook & Twitter while also sending email notices to those who have registered for emails on the department website - www.LaceyPD.org. Lacey OEM simultaneously issued a text warning via the Nixle System. Residents of Lacey Township are strongly urged to "Like" the Lacey Township PD Facebook page, follow the Lacey_Twp_PD Twitter account, and/or register for email notices via the LaceyPD.org website to receive immediate notification when announcements are released. This morning, there was a critical 90 minute window of extreme danger due to the ice conditions throughout town. These communication mediums and the ability to instantly communicate with the public are very valuable during instances of such public concern. The police department will increasingly utilize these mediums to disseminate information as we move forward, so everyone is encouraged to participate. - Chief David A. Paprota
Silver dollar January 10, 2014 at 03:16 PM
PLEASE READ THE ABOVE I was notified by emaill at 8:36 to stay off the roads because of ice also at 11:13 I was notified that lacey road was closed at dover Rd in Bamber because of a accident
People wake up January 10, 2014 at 07:50 PM
My question to all of this why was school still open if the roads were not safe to be out on.
JoAnne January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM
High School, MIddle school and Mill Pond were already in school when the ice developed on roads. Icing started around 8 am. I drove my daughter to high school at 6:30 and everything was fine.

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