A multi-car crash on Route 70 near mile marker 34.5 in Whiting Monday afternoon around 3:48 pm results in multiple injuries and hospitalizes the driver of a 2001 Mercedes CK5 for serious leg and internal injuries.

Manchester Police say the Mercedes was heading east on Route 70 when it crossed the center line and collided with a blue 2010 Mazda 3 heading west.

The impact caused the Mercedes to spin and roll onto its side off road and into several trees.

The Mercedes was only occupied by one person who was pinned inside and suspended by the vehicle's seatbelt.

There was extensive front end and driver's side damage to the Mazda facing east in the westbound shoulder following the collision that led to its own spin and slide on Route 70.

The driver of the Mercedes, 28-year-old David Arce of Brick, was extricated by first responders and airlifted by paramedics to Helene Fuld Medical Center in Trenton for treatment of serious leg and internal injuries.

His current condition is not known.

The driver of the Mazda, 31-year-old, Pablo Nunez of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst sustained injuries to his arm while his front seat passenger, 20-year-old, Leighanne Brown of Berlin sustained a head injury.

Both were both transported to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Burlington by ambulance.

The back seat passenger, 19-year-old, Rachel Goretskie of Browns Mills was uninjured and refused any medical treatment at the scene.

The roadway was closed for several hours while emergency workers tended to the injured and officers conducted the early investigation.

Members of the Whiting and Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Departments as well as members of the Joint Base Fire Department assisted on the scene as well as EMTs from Quality Medical Transport and paramedics from both MONOC and Virtua.

This crash is being investigated by Patrolman Ian Bole of the department's Traffic Safety Unit.

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