Police: Manchester crash involving van carrying students sends 13 to hospital

Police say a Ford Transit van with 11 children inside was heading to school when it hit a car making a turn.

Lanette Espy

Apr 17, 2024, 12:36 PM

Updated 37 days ago

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Thirteen people, including 11 students, were hospitalized after a two-vehicle crash in Manchester Township on Tuesday morning.
The crash happened at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of Ridgeway Road and South Hope Chapel. Police say a Ford Transit van carrying 11 students was heading to school when it hit an Acura making a turn onto County Road 571.
According to authorities, the Acura made a left turn from the center travel lane in front of the Ford. The Ford impacted the Acura, and the Acura was pushed off the roadway by the Ford. The Acura impacted a black 2024 Mini Cooper which was parked in the parking lot of 3875 Ridgeway Road.
Police say the driver of the Acura, identified as 53-year-old Tracey Kahn, of Forked River, sustained facial lacerations. She was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River. The driver of the Ford van, 20-year-old Dvora Katz, of Jackson, also sustained facial lacerations. She was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune.
Some of the students were transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital and some were transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus for treatment of minor injuries.
Police say both drivers and the students are currently in stable condition.


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