UPDATE: Route 70 Cleared After Afternoon Collision, Fuel and Chemical Spill

Detours were in place as authorities cleaned scene after pest control truck overturns

Route 70 has been cleared hours after the state highway was closed eastbound at its intersection with Route 571 while authorities worked to clean up a spill caused by a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon.

A Cowley's Termite and Pest Toyota Tundra pickup, driven by 46-year-old Steven Wrzesnewski of Ortley Beach, collided with a Ford Ranger driven by 57-year-old David Romano of Toms River on Route 70 near Wilbur Avenue at about 2:45 p.m., said Capt. Lisa Parker. 

Romano was traveling west on Route 70 when Wrzesnewski attempted to make a left into eastbound traffic from Wilbur Avenue and the vehicles collided, Parker said. The impact caused the Cowley's truck to overturn, spilling fluids onto the roadway. 

Romano was transported to a Brick hospital complaining of chest pains. Wrzesnewski did not report any injuries at the scene, according to Parker. 

The potential hazmat situation prompted authorities to close the roadway and detour Route 70 eastbound traffic up Route 571 to Route 527. Responders said gasoline, pesticides and an unknown chemical spilled onto the road, requiring a careful cleanup. 

Following the crash, authorities were unsure of how long they would be on scene while crews cleaned the spills. 

"These things can't be rushed," said Arthur Abline, coordinator of Manchester's Office of Emergency Management. "It will take as long as it takes."

Manchester's Office of Emergency Management, police, the Ridgeway and Manchester volunteer fire companies, New Jersey Department of Transportation Road Department and hazmat crews from Berkeley Township and Point Pleasant Borough responded to the scene.

Patrolman Paul Bachovchin of the police department's Traffic Safety Section is investigating the crash. 

JOE BONANNO August 01, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Please don't allow left turns from Wilbur-those turns are an accident begging to happen.. Also, increase enforcement of the traffic laws already on the books. The increased fines should cover increased police coverage and hopefully make our roads safer.
Barry Fleckmann August 01, 2012 at 03:29 PM
So, you think that driving Ocean County's roads is bad, now? Just wait five or ten years, when things REALLY get dicey. You'll pine for 2012, and "The Good Ole' Days."
Barry Fleckmann August 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I used to live near THAT intersection, at Homestead Run Mobile Home Park. That's WHY I say, just wait...it's going to get a LOT worse! The ONLY time that state or local governments DO anything about a particular problem, is when someone dies!!
julie wilson August 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM
They stop the left turns onto Washington from Rt. 70 now they should stop people turning left from Wilbur.But then these people will come out to Green Acres and run the stop sign because everyone is always in a hurry. And then want to go 40 miles a hour in a 25
Renee August 02, 2012 at 03:59 PM
It was discussed a while ago to eliminate left turns from Wilbur onto 70E. This should be done. Also, people coming West and making a right onto Wilbur should not go into the shoulder at or before the Church. I always wait until I am close to the turn, but I look very carefully to make sure no one is in the shoulder. That is another accident waiting to happen. It's illegal to go into the shoulder that soon.


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