A five car collision occurred in front of Home Fashion Center shopping plaza on Route 9 in Manalapan on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 16.
Manalapan police were called to the scene at around 2:16 p.m. and an investigation revealed that Andrea Rolon, of Manalapan, was entering Route 9 South from Tennent Road when she lost control of her 2013 Hyundai Sonata and the vehicle left the roadway.
Rolon told police that she had taken her eyes off of the road when she lost control of her car. The car went off of the road and hit a utility pole which caused a guide wire to fall across Route 9. The car continued to travel through two signs and entered the Home Fashion Center parking lot where it struck two parked cars.
The Hyundai then rotated and continued to hit the Home Fashion Center sign and then struck a third parked car before finally coming to a complete stop in the grass between the parking lot and Route 9 North, according to a police report.
When the guide wire fell onto Route 9 it got tangled by the front right tire in the right front wheel well of a 2013 Kia Rio driven by a 25-year-old Gibbstown man. This caused significant damage to the right tire, axle, and front bumper of the vehilce, police said. Luckily, the driver was not injured in the collision.
Rolon was transported to CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township by the Manalapan-Englishtown First Aid Squad. Her injuries did not appear serious at the time as they were bruising and swelling type injuries, police said.
She was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to maintain lane and driving with a suspended driver's license.
The Gordons Corner Fire Department, the Manalapan Police Department, the Manalapan-Englishtown First Aid Squad, and Jersey Central Power & Light Power Company all responded to the scene for assistance.
Route 9 was closed temporarily during the investigation.