The driver of a Sport Utility Vehicle rear-ended a vehicle on Route 37 west Thursday morning, pushing it into the intersection at Colonial Drive, according to Township police.

Photo courtesy of Manchester Township Police

A backseat passenger in the Honda Accord, 79-year-old Rose Hidi of Berkeley Township, had to be extricated by members of the Manchester and Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Companies, police said in a press release.

The vehicle had stopped for a yellow light when it was struck from behind around 11:38 a.m. by an Infinity driven by 58-year-old Clarissa Holland of Whiting, according to Manchester Police Captain Todd Mallard.

The driver of the Honda, 78-year-old Rita Jones, and front seat passenger, 83-year-old Lena Ilg, both of Berkeley, were transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by ambulances from Quality Medical Transport.

Holland was transported to Community Medical Center by the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She suffered abrasions caused by her seat belt and airbag, according to Mallard.

The accident is under investigation by Patrolman George Smith of the Patrol Bureau.

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