Multi-vehicle wreck leaves 1 dead, 4 injured in New Jersey, prosecutor says

A 48-year-old Toms River man was killed and another motorist was seriously injured in a four-vehicle crash in ocean countyofficials said Thursday.

The wreckage occurred around 7:15 a.m. near Whitesville Road and Route 571 in Manchester, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

A Honda Civic was heading west on Route 571 when the driver failed to stay in his lane while negotiating a right-hand curve, according to Billhimer. The Honda slammed into a New Jersey Department of Transportation Ford F-550 pickup truck, which was heading east on the roadway.

It caused the DOT truck to lose control and hit a 2012 Toyota Camry, driven by 48-year-old Michael Sadis, the prosecutor said in a statement. The Toyota left the road and ended up on an embankment. The pickup continued in the same direction and struck a 2015 Toyota Corolla.

Sadis died at the scene of the crash, authorities said. The driver of the Toyota Corolla, a 58-year-old man from Toms River, was airlifted to a local hospital and listed in critical condition.

The driver of the DOT truck, a 30-year-old man from Hamilton, and his passenger, a 26-year-old man from Upper Freehold, as well as the driver of the Honda, a 30-year-old woman from Toms River, all were slightly injured, according to the prosecutor.

Billhimer said the crash is still under investigation.

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