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Amber Alert

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Truck driver in fatal crash identified

Police have identified the driver who was killed Friday afternoon when the tractor-trailer truck he was driving crashed on the Route 18 southbound ramp to Route 138 eastbound. The victim was Henry J. Matthews, 62, of Philadelphia. According to accident investigators, the tractor-trailer hit the rear of a 2007 Jeep driven by Elizabeth Centrone of Middletown, and flipped onto its side, dumping loads of garbage along the highway ramps. Centrone was not injured in the crash, police said.

The truck rolled over on the driver's side, pinning Matthews, who was extricated by rescue teams. He was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and died shortly afterward, police said.

The accident caused the ramps from Route 18 to close for several hours as police investigated and crews cleaned up the tons of debris.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Wall police at (732) 449-4500. Source