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Texting might have caused crash, injuring four

Police say a driver who set off a chain-reaction crash in New Jersey might have been distracted because he was using his cellphone at the time. The car accident injured at least four people.

Authorities said the accident happened at about 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 31 on Route 70 in Manchester Township. A 19-year-old Lakewood man driving a Honda Civic crossed over the center lane and struck a Subaru Forester head-on around milepost 41.5. That car collision set off a chain-reaction accident that came to involve a Ford E350 van and a Buick Lucerne. The Subaru's 74-year-old driver, of Whiting, sustained a head injury and fractured vertebrae. The Honda's driver had a broken leg and internal injuries. Medical personnel transported both drivers by helicopter to Jersey Shore University Hospital for treatment of their injuries. EMS transported the other two drivers, a 70-year-old man from Whiting, and a 49-year-old woman from Brick, by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River to be treated for non-serious injuries that included knee and head pain. Two passengers in the Buick refused medical treatment at the scene after the accident.

Among those that responded to the auto accident were paramedics and firefighters from several municipalities, Ocean County prosecutors and law enforcement members of the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Unit and the New Jersey Department of Transportation Emergency Response Team. Police were still investigating and said they had not ruled out cellphone texting as a cause.

Injuries from an auto accident can cause pain and suffering, along with economic distress from medical bills. A car accident lawyer could bring in medical experts to prove the extent of financial losses from injuries. They could pursue a legal claim for compensation from the negligent party and their insurance company.

Source: Manchester Patch, "Driver in Route 70 Crash May Have Been on Phone, Police Say", Bryan Littel, November 01, 2013

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