Updated with information from Holmdel Police at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.
A 20-year old Lincroft woman was injured in an accident involving a box truck at Route 520 and Middletown Road around 8:45 a.m. Friday, near Holmdel's Village School.
Nicole Digiamo of Harmony Road was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by Holmdel Fire Co. #1 on Main Street. Holmdel First Aid Squad and MONOC Paramedics assisted. She was airlifted by state police helicopter from nearby Cross Farm Park to Jersey Shore Medical Center for evaluation.
Digiamo, the driver of a blue Chevy Cavalier, was struck by a Ford F-350 Econo Line box truck driven east on Route 520 by Mark Dillon, 48, of Willow Street in Point Pleasant.
Both vehicles were stopped against a Verizon utility pole at Old Mill Road, which had snapped in half and had come to rest on the top of the box truck.
According to police, Digiamo's vehicle attempted to drive across Route 520, and the vehicles collided in the intersection. Digiamo was issued a summons for failure to yield to traffic.
Dillon, the owner of Seamless Gutters of Point Pleasant, and his passenger Frank Ray, 46, also of Willow Street in Point Pleasant, were treated at the scene and released.
Busy Route 520 is closed from Middletown Road to Longbridge Road, which caused back-ups on Route 520 early Friday. JCP&L and Verizon were on the scene Friday to replace the pole.
At the accident scene, Dillon said that the young driver in the blue car may not have noticed his vehicle because there were six or seven cars paused at the intersection on Route 520, waiting to make a left onto Middletown Road.
In an attempt to prevent the accident he saw coming, "I jumped on the brake with both feet," he said. He said he and Ray called 911 and stayed with the the young woman until First Aid arrived, telling her to stay calm and that help was on the way.
About an hour after the accident, he said his heart was still racing. "I just hope the girl is okay," said Dillon, the father of three children.
Holmdel Police request witnesses to the accident to please contact Holmdel Ptl. Joseph Van Pelt who is the investigating officer at 732-946-4400. Assisting at the scene were Lt. Keith Cannata, Sgt. Michael Pigott, Sgt. Michael Hughes, Sgt. Vincent Imperato, Det. Eric Hernando, Ptl. Erin McGrath, Ptl. James Archinaco. Also assisting were members of the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team.