Ship Bottom Accident Claims One Life, Shuts Down Boulevard and Snarls Traffic for Hours

By GINA G. SCALA | Jun 22, 2019
Source: Ship Bottom Police Department Aerial view of the accident site.

Ship Bottom — A Pennsylvania man died after his Toyota sedan struck a garbage truck and a Ford pickup early Saturday morning, shutting down Long Beach Boulevard from Ninth to 12th streets in Ship Bottom for nearly five hours and causing major traffic snarls in the gateway community to Long Beach Island.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was a 60-year-old male from Conshohocken, Pa., who police said was traveling at an extreme rate of speed before colliding with a Roselle garbage truck and the Ford pickup, according to the preliminary investigation.

He was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Borough police were notified at approximately 6 a.m. June 22 from officers in another jurisdiction of an erratic driver in a four-door Toyota who passed them in excess of 100 mph on the Boulevard, where the speed limit is 30 mph. One of those officers and others from a third jurisdiction kept a watchful eye on the driver from a safe distance as he continued traveling into Ship Bottom, law enforcement officials said.

“There was no vehicle pursuit, whatsoever,” according to a press release issued by Ship Bottom police Saturday evening.

The collision occurred at the intersection of 11th Street and the Boulevard, police said. Both the garbage truck and the Ford pickup were stopped at the red traffic signal at the intersection at the time they were struck. The garbage truck was in the right lane of the roadway when it was hit, and the pickup truck was in the left lane of traffic when it was struck by the Toyota, police said.

Law enforcement officials did not release any details about the other drivers.

Meanwhile, it took some motorists more than 90 minutes to travel from 15th Street in Ship Bottom, via Barnegat Avenue, to the two Route 72 traffic signals near CVS and the Country Corner Market two hours after the Boulevard was shut due to the accident investigation. Traffic snarls impacted both Central and Barnegat avenues as well as the side streets, where in some areas cars were 10 deep and where large construction trucks were forced on the wrong side of the road to make the left turn onto Barnegat Avenue.

The traffic backups also impacted travel time onto Long Beach Island on the first Saturday of summer. When the Boulevard was finally reopened a little after 11 a.m., officers from the Surf City Taxpayer Association cautioned members at a taxpayers meeting about traveling south of the Causeway as traffic was still heavy.

The accident is still under investigation, borough law enforcement officials said, offering their thanks to all the agencies that assisted with the incident, including fire and EMS squads from the Island and mainland.  —G.G.S.

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