A minivan ended up on its side and at least one person had to be mechanically extricated after an accident on Newman Springs Road near Henry Street in Shrewsbury around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
An official account of events was not immediately available, but the vehicle appeared to have struck a fire hydrant, which was knocked off a concrete pad despite being surrounded by steel columns. (Click to enlarge)
[Update, 11 a.m, December 21: Red Bank police say they have a report of an accident at 5:12 a.m, but that it was handled by Shrewsbury PD. But Shrewsbury Police Chief John Wilson III says his department has no record of the accident.]
[Update to the update, 1:21 p.m.: Sergeant Michael Gallagher of the Shrewsbury PD tells redbankgreen
that because of miscommunication, we were mistakenly informed that there was no record of this accident. In fact, he says, the Shrewsbury PD did respond and found a single-vehicle accident in which a 90-year-old Tinton Falls man was briefly trapped in his minivan, which had rolled after he swerved to avoid an animal in the road and struck the fire hydrant. The victim, whose identity was not immediately given, was extricated by Shrewsbury fire volunteers and transported to Riverview Medical Center with “very minor injuries,” Gallagher said. No charges were filed and the matter is under investigation, he said.]