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Stafford Police Report on Monday's LBI Causeway Auto Accident


STAFFORD - The Stafford Township police reported about an accident on Monday that held up traffic and created huge logjam on eastbound Route 72.   On Monday, July 3 at approximately 10:17 AM, the Stafford Township Police Department responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles. 
Preliminary investigation revealed an Mazda SUV being driven by Alyssa Kelly, 25 years old of Franklinville, NJ, was traveling east on Route 72 approaching mile post 28.  

This location is just over the newly constructed Route 72 Causeway Bridge.

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As the Mazda SUV approached stopped traffic on Route 72, it struck a Lexus SUV in the rear. As the Mazda SUV struck the Lexus SUV, being driven by Dennis Long, 48 years old of Emerson, NJ, it caused a chain reaction with 3 additional stopped vehicles, which resulted in 5 total vehicles involved.  

The third vehicle struck was a Honda SUV, being driven by Jeffrey Pane, 41 years old of Hillsborough, NJ.  The fourth vehicle struck was a Ford SUV, being driven by Nancy Deferrari, 55 years old of Lanoka Harbor, NJ.  The fifth vehicle struck was a Toyota sedan, being driven by Randy Abramson, 45 years old of Silver Spring, MD. 
As a result of the impact three vehicles had to be towed from the scene.
Ms. Kelly, Mr. Long, Mrs. Long, who was a front passenger in the Lexus SUV, one male and one female juvenile, who were rear passengers in the Lexus SUV all sustained injuries and were transported to the Southern Ocean Medical Center.  

The occupants of the Honda SUV, Ford SUV and Toyota sedan didn’t sustain any injuries as a result of this crash.
Traffic on Route 72 was redirected around the scene for approximately an hour.
Patrolman Jillson is the investigating officer.  Assisting on scene were the Ship Bottom Police Department, Long Beach Township Police Department, Stafford Township Volunteer EMS and Ship Bottom EMS.
Ms. Kelly received a summons for careless driving.  This matter is pending a future court date in Stafford Township Municipal Court.

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