crash 7/16/19

A man sweeps glass from the road after an accident Tuesday near milepost 4.3 on the Atlantic City Expressway just past the Pleasantville toll plaza.

PLEASANTVILLE — Police responded to three car accidents Tuesday in the city, two of which happened within just over an hour of each other and just more than a mile apart on the Atlantic City Expressway.

The accidents involved more than 10 people, police said.

In the afternoon, drivers headed east on the expressway experienced significant delays after two accidents involving seven vehicles and 10 people shifted traffic into one lane.

The first accident happened at 2:48 p.m. at milepost 4.1, State Police Lt. Theodore Schafer said. It involved three vehicles, including a tractor trailer.

At the scene, a truck with the name “American Way U.S. Mail” on the side appeared to have struck a red Chevrolet SUV on the driver’s side.

Flares directed drivers to the right side of the road heading east into Atlantic City, and South Jersey Transportation Authority employees could be seen sweeping glass from the road.

A second accident occurred on the expressway as a result of the backed-up traffic, Pleasantville police Capt. Matthew Hartman said.

According to State Police, that accident, which occurred at 3:51 p.m. at milepost 5.4, involved five people in four vehicles.

All lanes had reopened to traffic by 5 p.m.

There was no word on the severity of the injuries, but Schafer said both accidents were considered serious.

Earlier that morning, at 8:04 a.m., police responded to a single-car accident at California Avenue and New Road. According to Hartman, a driver swerved to avoid a bicyclist and struck a utility pole.

Contact: 609-272-7239 aauble@pressofac.com Twitter @AublePressofAC

Contact: 609-272-7260 cshaw@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressColtShaw

Staff Writer

I cover breaking news on the digital desk. I graduated from Temple University in Dec. 2017 and joined the Press in the fall of 2018. Previously, I freelanced, covering Pennsylvania state politics and criminal justice reform.

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