The Long Beach Island causeway accident was a real cliffhanger


There are car accidents and then there is the accident that happened on Thursday on Rt. 72 Causeway Bridge towards Long Beach Island.

Just before noon on Thursday, two jeeps tangled on the Manahawkin Causeway at Ship Bottom and one ended up hanging partially over the jersey barrier, a few feet from westbound traffic.

Stafford Township Police said a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Mallory Roselli, 35, of New York City was slowing in eastbound traffic on the Causeway Bridge. A Jeep Renegade, driven by Karli Ruff, 19, of Manahawkin, was also heading east over the Causeway Bridge and crashed into the back of Roselli’s Grand Cherokee.

After hitting the rear of the Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Renegade struck the jersey barrier in the middle of the roadway, the vehicle came to a stop on top of the barrier. Fortunately, this accident certainly looked worse than it was.

Stafford Township Police said no injuries were reported and the two vehicles were towed from the scene. Traffic was delayed for approximately 30 minutes.

The driver of the Jeep Renegade received a summons for reckless driving.

Long Beach Island’s population reaches nearly 100,000 every summer, as it is a thriving tourist destination. Manahawkin Bay Bridge, the bridge to reach this barrier island, has been rebuilt and is part of a larger construction project.

Construction of a second bridge began in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2022. The project itself includes a number of elements such as the rehabilitation of the 60 year old bridge as well as the construction of the new bridge at around 10 feet away.

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