Two Trapped in Overturned Vehicle, Crash at Hospital Drive and Route 37

Motor vehicle accident reported shortly after 7 p.m.


A multi-vehicle accident trapped two inside an overturned car after one driver failed to stop at a red light, police said.

At 7 p.m. at Route 37 and Hospital Drive, the two-vehicle crash shuttered portions of the intersection for about an hour and sent Toms River Police and Toms River Fire Co. No. 2 to the scene.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said that Derek Fix, 20, of Bayville was driving a 2011 KIA westbound on Route 37, when according to witnesses he failed to stop for a red traffic signal.

The Kia collided with a 2003 Ford Explorer as it was crossing the intersection from the Hospital Drive jughandle, Mastronardy said.

Benjamin Dizon 44 of Toms River was driving the Explorer, which then rolled onto its side after the collision, said the police chief. Dizon and his passenger Ofelia Lagmandizon, 44 of Toms River were transported to Community Medical Center, the hospital at the intersection of the crash.

Fire Chief Jeff Cirz, of Station 26 was the first arriving Fire Officer, followed by Station 25 Chief John Gonzalez.

"They observed a two car motor vehicle crash, no fire, with one vehicle on its passenger side, with two persons trapped inside," said Toms River District 1 Chief John H. Lightbody. 

Rescue 2561 from Station 25 was the first arriving unit, along with Rescue 2624 of Station 26, Lightbody said. 

Cirz directed Station 26's unit to stabilize the vehicle, Station 25's rescue was directed to perform a roof removal in order for Toms River EMS to gain access to and treat the patients, said the fire chief. "The roof was removed within twenty two minutes by the fire/rescue units on scene."

The patients were removed on backboards and turned over to EMS and paramedics for further care. Additional patients from the second vehicle were also treated by Toms River EMS, said the fire chief.

"The operation went smoothly and the patients were removed expeditiously in a safe manner," Lightbody said.

Eastbound traffic was limited to one lane for about an hour after the accident that is being investigated by Traffic safety Officers Robert Westfall and David Bartoshek.

Original post, 7:15 p.m.:

Lanes are closed on both the west- and eastbound sides of Route 37 after a multi-vehicle accident in the right-hand lane of 37 westbound at 7 p.m., police said.

The collision occurred near Hospital Drive, and motorists currently cannot access the thoroughfare while authorities investigate.

Traffic is mounting from the Garden State Parkway and Route 37 westbound, Toms River police confirmed. Drivers heading west on Route 37 after Route 166 can expect a heavy merge into the two left lanes after the parkway, while traffic is slow eastbound to Oak Ridge Parkway.

Tow trucks are currently removing vehicles from the scene, although an overturned SUV remains.

Toms River Police and EMS are on the scene at Hospital Drive, as is Fire Company 2, which extricated two motorists from their vehicles.

The extent of injuries and cause of the accident was not immediately available, emergency response and investigation are under way.

Halpha2 August 01, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Should be a volunteer police department too. Then maybe the dbags with negative comments to say about the pd when it takes too long to respond will be right. Move to camden douche. Wait longer. Or make a difference in your own town.
Jesse b August 01, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Thank you!!!!!
CHANGE_TR August 01, 2012 at 11:17 PM
TR police department is inadequate at best....I feel sorry for you if you think differently
Scott August 02, 2012 at 12:19 AM
I drive 40 miles a day round trip to work. I get on the gsp south from 37 west and get off at exit 63. I can tell you there are people of all ages texting and talking on there cell phones. 9 out of 10 times if i see a car swerving i can see them texting, I dont understand the need for constant communication. I must be the only person that does not have a cell phone.
John V August 02, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Well did you see all the equipment they said was there? Just proves my point we have too much fire equipment in town. WHY do we have 2 firehouses right next door to each other? We sent 5 fire trucks to an accident that could have been handled by 2? The District #1 rathole strikes again. Where are you Commisioner Latshaw? you're supposed to be the voice of reason that's why we elected you.
John V August 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
So as a firefighter tell me why do you have 2 firehouses right next to each other? Why send 5 trucks to an accident that only needed 2? What would have happened if there was another fire somewhere and all those trucks were at the accident instead of being available to go to another fire?
Ray C. August 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Screw the idiots. You *ROCK*. Thanks for doing what you do.
Ray C. August 02, 2012 at 03:25 AM
John V- I was there. There wasn't 5 fire trucks there.
Mama D August 02, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Does not matter what anyone says i know the Driver he is a real good boy and i was on 37 many times and their are times even wearing Sun glasses that the Sun blinds you.I just want to say a Prayer for all involved and hope none was hurt very serious.Cars and Trucks can be replaced People can't, and i don't care how many Cops and Firemen were their the more the better when you life can be at risk.Good Luck To all and Good Job to Police and Fireman
Jesse b August 02, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Jon V. 1 I'm not a firefighter I'm an emt, 2 there weren't 5 trucks there were 2...
Smot Revir August 02, 2012 at 03:32 PM
@larry polizzotto what smart things did you do at 20 years old ? Let me see...you were one of the perfect kids right ? Get a grip on reality larry boy, ALL 20 year olds do stupid things !
Smot Revir August 02, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I also see some of us "seniors " run red lights
George August 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
John V you must have been drunk at the time there were only 2 fire trucks and if they are two stations next to each other is because of morons like you that voted against the new fire house were it would have incorporated both in one ...
John V August 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Funny, I just looked at the pictures above and counted at least 3.
John V August 02, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Don't blame me, I voted for the firehouse...its those idiots from the TR Democratic Club that voted no.... I do however vote no on the budget. we spend $7 million a year on a volunteer department. That's absurd. Even Lakewood has a cheaper budget than us, and they have a paid department and more people living in their town.
derek fix August 03, 2012 at 04:12 AM
It was a accident I wasent texting I had a perfect record an I'm trying to go to the navy thanks for talking shit sorry to the people I hit mastakes happiness I'm sorry
Tracie August 03, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Hi Derek, glad to see you're alright.. Don't let what these perfect people like . above say, have an effect on you. And be careful what you write online, since we live in a sue happy world.. Next time im driving by an accident I'll just SMH.. might be Karma hitting . in the A$$, but then again, nothing happens to perfect people.. Kristas mom;)
Mama D August 03, 2012 at 04:42 AM
No worries Derek hope all turns out well for all.Involved ignore the ignorance.One day if they are ever in a Accident which I don't wish on anyone.Maybe they will shut their mouths.Again Great Job to the Police ,Fireman and Emt Glad to have you around and again Accidents happen also best wishes to all Involved.
just me August 03, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Derek Fix - Pay no attention to the trolls. Glad there were no serious injuries. I'm sure you learned a lesson from the experience. I know most of my lessons were learned the hard way. Good luck with your Navy pursuit and thank you for your willingness to offer your service to our country.
Jesse Brownell August 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Oh boy 3 not 2. Such a big deal. Sorry I was there trying to help the people not count fucking fire trucks....
karen v August 03, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I believe every town should have PAID firefighters !! They put their own lives on the line everyday... Remember, its not what they do, its what they're WILLING to do !!
Smot Revir August 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
@ karen v I am not quite sure what the purpose of your post is.Are you saying volunteers aren't good,Do you not think volunteers risk their lives every time they go out ? If that is what you are saying, then you are a fool .Ride with the volunteers a few times on their runs and then come back and post.
karen v August 03, 2012 at 06:18 PM
@Smot Revir First of all why don't u wait until I answer your first question before going on ur bash rage !!! Thats not what I was saying at all, I know some people like to read into things so negative, shame on you, but anyway, what I was saying is all firefighters be volunteer or prof. should be paid for what they do. Now if its a question of you passing the test to become a professional, well thats a different story. P.S. I was married to a Professional Firerfighter for 26 yrs until he passes away in a house fire!! Believe me I don't have to ride to know the dangers!!!!!!
John V August 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
If we paid them then they wouldn't be volunteers...and my damn taxes are already too high without having to pay them now too. Our department costs more as a volunteer department than the paid department in Lakewood. Instead of a 7 million dollar budget it will become 21 million easily. And all of these taxes are accomplished on the backs of the barrier island residents who subsidise the mainland and get nothing in return in services.
Jesse Brownell August 04, 2012 at 02:48 AM
John if you are complaining about your taxes and dont want us volunteers to be paid then dont sit there and bitch about how many trucks are at a scene or where the fire houses are or how long it takes us to respond. Make a difference by helping out or keep to yourself. I'm sick of people putting volunteer squads down. Keep whatever ignorant comments you have to yourself.
Johnny Cobbler August 04, 2012 at 10:43 AM
John V have you ever heard the response they get in Lakewood? They DO NOT have a fully paid Fire Department. There is no way in hell or heaven above that a town can run a 100% paid fire service for under 7 million dollars if they do they are short changing you in some service somewhere else. They have two brand new Fire trucks that respond to calls with basically a driver maybe with one or two extra people on the truck? that's it no one else so when they get a call they tell the dispatchers in Lakewood to hit out the VOLUNTEER fire companies that are closest to the call. So your theory of Lakewood being fully paid for under 7 million is blown out of the water so stop bringing that up every time you want to beat your drum. There were four(4) trucks there not two(2) or five(5) as you said why were there 4; here is why the 2 rescues that where there are strictly that RESCUES they have no water on them so the other two trucks that were there were Engines. The reason for them? 1 just in case god forbid the Gas tank let loose and the car burst into flames there was a truck there that could put the fire out. 2. They are there to set up in a way that they will protect the Emergency workers at the scene you’re on a road in new jersey in the summer do you want someone to hit a Firefighter Emt or Officer and kill them?
Johnny Cobbler August 04, 2012 at 10:54 AM
The tax payers paid for the service and the use of the vehicles WHY NOT USE THEM if they didn't then you would be in town square saying they don't use them take them away which would only hurt the town not help it. Your next complaint what if there was a fire in the town? There are six companies in the town's Fire Department and six surrounding the town I think they know what they are doing and would be able to get services to whom ever needed it. As for you CONSTANTLY complaining about why there are two firehouses next to each other there are so many reasons that it’s just not worth it to argue about it anymore your old hat and getting overly annoying. The fire services given to you in Toms River are considered the best to a lot of places in NJ and throughout the country. Does it cost a great deal of money? For the beach yea you all own million dollar lots whether or not its a million dollar home its not the Fire Departments Fault go after the tax appraiser and collectors the fire tax is .04 cents to every dollar that is low compared to other places in NJ. Also the fire company that protects the beach is volunteer so if you want to do something about what you call a poor response time JOIN UP show everyone here that you’re at least trying to make it better instead of bash all the fire companies and firefighters in the town. Because sir that's all you seem to know how to do well is bash other hard workers.
Johnny Cobbler August 04, 2012 at 11:05 AM
So sir I request that the next time there is an article on here that involves the fire department or ems doing work and doing a good job or anything that you know little to nothing about please keep your comments to yourself until you can educate yourself into knowing just exactly why things are done and how things are done. Keep your chest pounding, drum banging, and soap box standing limited to the election articles. The only reason I have spoken up is because of all YOUR negativity toward hard working honest people who put their lives on the line FOR FREE. So please sir cease and desist.
Jesse Brownell August 05, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Nothing else to add.. He said it all.
1guy August 06, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Karen v. I am a Volunteer Firefighter for over 20 years, and believe me I am just as much a Professional Firefighter as your husband was, taking a test does not make any Firefighter more professional than any other, we all have the same training, for your information Toms River Firefighters have one of the best Fire training centers in the country, sorry for your lost, may your husband, and our fellow brother rest in peace... God bless.


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