Accident at Zion and Old Zion Roads sends two drivers to hospital

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Dennis C. Sharpe/Bargaintown and Scullville volunteer firefighters work to free the entrapped driver. Dennis C. Sharpe/Bargaintown and Scullville volunteer firefighters work to free the entrapped driver.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Two motorists had to be extricated from their vehicles with the Jaws of Life rescue tools after a crash at the intersection of Zion and Old Zion Road in the Bargaintown section of the township on Thursday, April 17.

 According to police, Howard Thompson, 67, and Marleen Prouty, 74, of Northfield were sent to the hospital with moderate to severe injuries after Prouty’s 1999 Chevy S10 pulled into the path of Thompson’s 2011 Ford Escape around 4:25 p.m.

 Thompson was travelling west on Zion Road when Prouty allegedly failed to yield to traffic and turned left onto Zion road from the southbound lane of Old Zion Road and into the path of Thompson’s car.

Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles by the Jaws of Life rescue tool by the Scullville and Bargaintown Volunteer Fire Companies. Both drivers were treated at the scene by the Egg Harbor Township Ambulance Squad and AtlantiCare paramedics.  Prouty was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus trauma center with moderate to serious injuries. Thompson was transported to the Shore Medical Center with moderate injuries.  

The roadway was closed for approximately one hour while the crash was being investigated and cleared.  This crash is being investigated the Egg Harbor Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit.  


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