EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — An intoxicated driver caused a four-vehicle crash that sent people to area hospitals with moderate injuries Wednesday on the Black Hose Pike in the Cardiff section of Egg Harbor Township, police said.

A car driven by Anthony Palmeri, 37, of Mays Landing, was traveling east at about 4:45 p.m. in an inside lane on the Black Horse Pike near Tower Avenue when he failed to stop for traffic in front of him, said Lt. Robert Gray of the Egg Harbor Township police.

Palmeri rear-ended a car driven by Aaron Coppens, 29, of Egg Harbor Township, who was stopped for a red light at Tower Avenue, police said.

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Coppens’ car was struck and pushed off the road toward the center grass median, Gray said.

Coppens’ car hit the vehicle stopped directly in front of him as he left the roadway, a car driven by Ervin Santiago, 40, of Egg Harbor Township, Gray said.

Following the impact with Coppens’ car, Palmeri’s car veered toward the inside lane, where he hit a compact SUV driven by Gail Hingston, 70, of New York, Gray said.

Hingston was treated at the scene for a head injury and released, Gray said. Coppens was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, with moderate injuries and Palmeri was taken to AtlantiCare’s Mainland Campus with moderate injuries, police said.

The road was closed for about an hour while the accident was investigated, Gray said. The Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co. responded and cut Palmeri from his car, police said.

Palmeri was charged with careless driving, DWI and reckless driving, Gray said.

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