Woman Airlifted To Hospital After Car Hits Tree, Bursts Into Flames

On Saturday, May 11th 2024, at approximately 2:48 pm, officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the area of S Hope Chapel Road and Ridge Ave, to investigate a single motor vehicle crash involving a tree.

Upon arrival, officers observed a 2008 silver Jeep Liberty, fully involved with flames with no occupants in the vehicle. The Jeep was located off the roadway of S Hope Chapel Road. Additionally, officers observed damage to a traffic sign and tree. The investigation revealed that the Jeep was traveling south on Hope Chapel Road when the vehicle crossed the double yellow center line, left the roadway, struck a traffic sign. The Jeep continued to travel south and impacted a tree where it came to a stop in the northbound shoulder of Hope Chapel Road.

The Jeep Liberty was operated by 49-year-old Laura Garciapoblano of Manchester, NJ. Mrs. Garciapoblano was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital via medevac helicopter for treatment and evaluation of her injuries. Mrs. Garciapoblano is currently listed in stable condition. The roadway was closed during the investigation and cleanup.

Assisting at the scene were Emergency Medical Technicians from the Manchester Township Division of Emergency Services, Manchester Volunteer Fire Department, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital LifeFlight Medevac Helicopter and Priced Rite Towing. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing, but at this point driver error appears to be the primary contributing factor. This crash is being investigated by Ptl. Sage Sysol of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit.

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