TWO INJURED IN LITTLE SILVER CRASH

Two drivers were injured and traffic around the Little Silver train station was tied up for about an hour after two cars collided at rush hour Monday morning, police said.

The crash, at about 7:44 a.m., involved a 2002 Mercedes-Benz that was heading north on Branch Avenue and attempting to make a left turn onto Sycamore Avenue, and a 2010 Hyundai that was headed south on Branch, said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

Both drivers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken by Little Silver and Oceanport first aiders to local hospitals – one to Monmouth Medical Center and one to Rivervivew Medical Center. Their conditions were not immediately known.

Shaffery identified the Mercedes driver as Ross Provenzano of Long Branch and the Hyundai driver as Natalie R. Oliveira-Reinke of Red Bank.

Two passengers in the Hyundai, including a small child, were unhurt, as were a cat and a dog in the Mercedes, Shaffery said.

For nearly an hour, police had to detour southbound Branch Avenue traffic onto westbound Sycamore, and northbound vehicles were not permitted to make the left onto Sycamore, causing delays for some rail commuters, Shaffery said.