Some 65 vehicles involved in 2 icy crashes Wednesday on Routes 18 and 36 in Eatontown

EATONTOWN - The first accident on the icy Route 36 roadway at a Route 18 ramp early Wednesday was bad enough: about 15 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction collision.

But another accident shortly thereafter more than tripled that number, when 50 vehicles collided.

Police were called to Route 36 west and the Route 18 ramp at 6:27 a.m. Out of the wreckage, several people were sent to a local hospital, Capt. Theresa Healy of the Eatontown Police Department said in an email.

Ten minutes later, calls about the second crash on the other side of the highway came in. Officers went to the Route 18 ramp onto Route 36 east for the 50-vehicle collision. Several people in that accident also were sent to local hospitals.

The situation got worse.

At the scene of a 50-vehicle crash at Routes 36 and 18 on Jan. 5, 2022.
At the scene of a 50-vehicle crash at Routes 36 and 18 on Jan. 5, 2022.

Healy said a third crash happened around the time of the second in the same location, causing diesel fuel to spill onto the roadway. No additional details were provided.

The exact number of injured people and the extent of their injuries wasnot immediately available.

NJ weather: More than 4 inches of snow forecast for Thursday into Friday

Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden wrote that that seven patients in the second crash were taken to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Golden warned about the dangers of black ice.

“This was a major event due to severe icing conditions that caused slick and dangerous roads which resulted in the pile up,” Golden said in a statement on office's website.

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This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Icy roads cause of Eatontown NJ chain-reaction collisions Wednesday