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.

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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