HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A Cape May County man and a Pennsylvania woman died on Christmas after a head-on car crash on the Black Horse Pike.
Lorri Thomas, 45, of Collingdale, Pennsylvania, was driving a car east when she crossed the center line into the westbound lanes. Thomas’ car crashed into a car driven by Carol Badgley, 52, of Seaville in Upper Township, who was with her father, Robert, 85, also of Seaville, police said.
Officers responded at 2:57 p.m. Monday to the area of milepost 38 for the two-car crash.
Thomas, who was not wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. It is unknown why she crossed the center line.
The Badgleys were taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where Robert Badgley died from his injuries.
No tire marks were visible on the roadway Tuesday in the area of the crash.
The Collings Lakes, Weymouth and Laureldale volunteer fire companies, Township of Hamilton Rescue Squad, AtlantiCare paramedics, AtlantiCare medical helicopter, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Office of the Medical Examiner responded.
Collings Lakes Fire Chief Bill Donnelly said the department helped extricate one entrapped victim from the vehicle, which took less than two minutes.
“Everybody did the best they could; unfortunately, that was the outcome,” he said.
Traffic was delayed for several hours while the crash scene was cleared.
The cause remains under investigation.