A Lakewood man is being treated for non-life threatening injuries including head trauma at Jersey Shore University Medical Center after his car overturned on Thursday afternoon in the Whiting section of Manchester Township.

(Photo Courtesy: Manchester Township Police Department)
(Photo Courtesy: Manchester Township Police Department)

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Manchester Police said that 24-year old Justin Thomas was heading north on Route 539 in a 2016 Kia Forte when he suddenly left the road and veered onto the dirt shoulder.

His vehicle continued to move as it drove up the wood-line embankment which caused it to become airborne and overturn.

When his vehicle overturned it struck a tree and a utility pole which ended up falling on the roof of the Forte sandwiching the vehicle between the tree and embankment.

Thomas was found outside his chill when Manchester Police arrived on scene near mile mark 21.5 and he was then brought to the hospital.

He was the only person in the vehicle.

The investigation into the crash continues but as of right now Manchester Police said that failure to maintain lane and unsafe speed during rainy weather conditions appears to be the primary contributing factor.

Manchester Police said they were assisted at the scene by EMTs from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, as well as, Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and members of the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services Fire Department and Whiting Volunteer Fire Department.

The crash is being investigated by Manchester Police Patrolman Michael O’Hara.

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