STAFFORD, NJ - An accident early Tuesday afternoon has forced closure of a portion of Route 9.

At 1:57 p.m. Stafford Police reported a motor vehicle collision on Route 9. Due to the crash wires and poles are down causing Route 9 to be closed between Bay Avenue and Hilliard Drive. A vehicle overturned at Route 9 and Stafford Avenue near the Ice Cream Shop of Manahawkin. 

Police urge motorists to "please use caution, expect delays and certain areas may be without power for an unknown time."

Stafford Police are currently investigating the accident. Detours are in place.