Car Crashes Into Pole, Causes Brush Fire In Toms River

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TOMS RIVER – A brush fire broke out on Lakehurst Road Monday evening due to live wires on the ground from a single car crash, police said.

  Around 7:30 p.m. police and EMS units were dispatched to the intersection of Route 37 and Lakehurst Road after a car crashed into a utility police.

  Denise McKinnon, 43 of Little Egg Harbor, was driving westbound on Lakehurst Road, approaching the intersection of Route 37, when she crossed the center lane and struck a utility pole on the opposite side of the roadway.

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  Toms River Police Spokesperson Jillian Messina said the pole snapped in half with live primary wires on the ground.

  As a result, a brush fire started, causing damage to the property of 591 Lakehurst Road. JCP&L responded and secured power to the area. Toms River Fire Company and NJ Forest Fire Service responded and were able to extinguish the fire.

  McKinnon was issued citations for failure to maintain a lane and careless driving. She refused medical treatment at the scene, Messina said.

  The accident remains under investigation by Patrolman John Carolan.

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