Nine people in Lakewood, NJ, were transported to the hospital Motzoei Shabbos after a vehicle careened off of Madison Avenue and crashed into a crowd of people in from of the Capitol Hotel, at the corner of Seventh Street and Madison Avenue/Route 9. The people had been waiting to board a bus operated by Lake Charter Corp. that was en route to Brooklyn, NY. The accident occurred at about 10:15 p.m.
A pedestrian who was standing directly across from where the accident occurred told Matzav.com that, from his vantage point, it was an “absolute miracle” that there were no fatalities.
One person who was inside the Kol Tuv Pizza Store – located inside the Capitol Hotel – said he heard people screaming and he ran outside to find total mayhem, with people lying on the floor and others just running frantically to call for help. “It was frightening,” he said.
Lakewood Hatzolah and other first aid squads rushed to the scene to treat those who were injured. Five patients were taken to the nearby Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, while four were transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.
The accident shut down Madison Avenue/Route 9 North, snarling traffic for close to an hour as paramedics and first aiders tended to those who were hurt.
Police were on scene to cordon off the area as a large crowd gathered to observe the emergency response teams in action.
The cause of the accident has not been released at this time.