A pair of crashes involving at least 65 vehicles on black ice-covered Route 18 in Eatontown on Wednesday morning sent at least six people to area hospitals with serious injuries, authorities said.
About 50 vehicles were were part of the second crash, which took place on the ramp from Route 18 south to Route 36 east, Capt. Theresa Healy said.
The first crash took involved 15 vehicles in the area of Route 18 and Route 36 west, the captain said.
“Both crashes had multiple victims with a few victims injuries considered serious,” Healy said in email.
Four people were taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch with another two brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, the Sheriff Shaun Golden said.
“Black ice is dangerous, since it’s difficult to see and makes roads very slippery, particularly on bridges and overpasses,” the sheriff said on social media. “Take precautions while driving and stay safe.”
Eatontown police said additional information would be available later Wednesday. Reports of the crashes began at about 6:30 a.m.
State Police responded to 170 crashes during the morning rush and another 150 calls for motorist aid. That counts only roads patrolled by State Police. Route 18 is covered by local police departments in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.
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50 vehicles involved in icy crash on Route 18, causing serious injuries, police say