OLD BRIDGE — A collision between a pickup truck and a car closed both directions of Route 9 during the morning commute on Wednesday.

The crash happened on the northbound side just past the intersection of Route 9 and Old Bridge Matawan Road around 6:25 a.m. when the driver of an Infiniti sedan heading south lost control and veered across the grassy median into the path of a northbound Chevy Silverado traveling in the left lane, according to Old Bridge police.

The pickup could not stop in time and hit the sedan, which spun around, in the drivers side door. The driver of the Infiniti was pronounced dead at the scene while the Silverado driver was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police did not disclose the identity of drivers pending notification of family.  There was no one else in either vehicle.

Video of the scene shows torn-up grass showing the path of the car.

The closure caused heavy traffic on Routes 18, 34 and 79 as commuters tried to avoid the closure.

Route 9 had fully reopened as of noon after a 5 hour closure.

NJ Transit buses that travel on Route 9 had 45-minute delays. NJ Transit bus tickets and passes are being cross-honored on NJ Transit rail.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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