Police: 3 drivers hospitalized with head injuries following Manchester crash

Police say a Mercury vehicle was traveling eastbound on State Highway 70 and attempted to make a left turn onto County Road 571 northbound. While attempting to turn left in front of a Toyota, the Toyota impacted the passenger side of the Mercury.

Lanette Espy

Apr 16, 2024, 11:58 AM

Updated 93 days ago

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A crash between a car and pickup truck in Manchester sent two drivers to the hospital with head injuries, and one passenger to the trauma center via medevac Monday afternoon, according to police.
Authorities say the crash happened around 4 p.m. when a black 2002 Toyota Tundra was traveling westbound on State Highway 70 through the traffic signal at the intersection of County Road 571. They say a red 2008 Mercury Milan, which was traveling eastbound on State Highway 70, attempted to make a left turn onto County Road 571 northbound. While attempting to turn left in front of the Toyota, police say the Toyota impacted the passenger side of the Mercury.
According to police, the Mercury was pushed off the roadway and into the traffic signal post at the intersection. The Toyota rotated counterclockwise and stopped in the intersection.
Authorities say the driver of the Toyota, 30-year-old Casey McCarter, of Browns Mills, suffered extensive injuries including a head injury.
The front seat passenger of the Toyota, 65-year-old John McCarter of Browns Mills, suffered head and facial injuries. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune via a medevac helicopter.
The driver of the Mercury, 55-year-old Donna Gerhardt, of Whiting, suffered injuries, including a head injury.
McCarter, Mills and Gerhardt were all taken to Jersey Shore University Hospital in Neptune.
Police say neither of the occupants of the Toyota were wearing their seatbelts. All involved individuals are currently listed in stable condition.
The investigation into the crash remains ongoing, however, police say the failure to yield right of way at an intersection appears to be the cause.


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