UPDATE: Monday, 6 a.m.: The multi-vehicle crash has left two adults dead and two seriously injured, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

FREEHOLD — A three-car crash on Sunday afternoon on Route 9 has killed at least one person, according to reports.

The Lakewood Scoop reported that the accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 33. Traffic cameras at 5:30 p.m. showed cars still being detoured as the crash was being cleared up.

Emergency responders quickly arrived at the scene following the crash. Extraction teams were needed to free at least three people, according to TLS.

(Howell police on Facebook)
(Howell police on Facebook)

Howell police on Facebook advised motorists to avoid the area and use alternate routes.

"Both 9 and 33 in that area closed indefinitely due to the seriousness of the collision," Howell police said.

The crash is under investigation. New Jersey 101.5 has reached out to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office for details.

At least one person is dead after a crash at Rt. 9, Rt. 33 on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (The Lakewood Scoop/511nj.org)
(The Lakewood Scoop/511nj.org)

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at richard.rickman@townsquaremedia.com

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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