One Dead In 12-Car Accident On Beaver Dam Bridge

Bridge still closed in both directions

An accident scene at the Beaver Dam Bridge. (Photo: Denise Di Stephan)
An accident scene at the Beaver Dam Bridge. (Photo: Denise Di Stephan)
An accident on the Beaver Dam Bridge that involved 12 cars claimed one life Friday morning, authorities confirmed.

The accident, which occurred just after 8:30 a.m. on the Brick side of the bridge, has forced the shutdown of both sides of the span as police continue to investigate. Police have not yet released the name of the person who died.

The bridge is expected to be closed at least another two hours, police said at about 12:30 p.m. Friday. Police have reopened the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Jordan Road, however.

Police told Patch 12 cars were involved in the accident, and some of the cars remain on the bridge waiting to be towed from the scene. In addition to the fatality, four other injuries were reported, none of which appeared life-threatening, said Brick Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist.

Bergquist said icy conditions on the bridge may have contributed to the cause of the accident, but that the cause is still being investigated.

The accident occurred as emergency crews throughout Ocean County were scrambling to respond to a plethora of accidents, most of which were attributable to extremely icy conditions brought on by freezing rain.

A woman at the scene was watching crews work to tow cars away and clear debris. She told Patch she had been driving a black Jeep, and was alone in her car, which was still on the bridge waiting to be cleared.

She said she had not been injured, but did not want to give her name. The woman, who said she was a local resident, was waiting on the bridge with her father and boyfriend.

Brick police, the Brick fire department, including a rig from the Laurelton fire company, and Lakewood police were all assisting at the scene.
Old Guy January 10, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Please remember that roadways over brides will freeze before roads, due to wind whipping under the bridge cooling down and freezing the rain above. If at all possible, never apply the brakes while going over a bridge in the rain. Just remove your foot from the accelerator to slow your speed. Braking on a frozen roadway can cause the vehicle to go into a skid. Black ice is invisible.
Will January 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM
The temps hovered at 32 and 33...that means...slow down, even if it is rain. Also, todays fog...if you need to put on the windshield wipers...then you HAVE TO put on the headlights...please. To many without this morning on 70, 34 and locally.


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