JACKSON-One of the township’s most iconic and historic businesses, Glory’s Discount Market was shut down on Thursday after a tractor-trailer crashed through the side of the building.
At noon, Jackson Township police officers responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash where it was reported that a truck had crashed into longstanding deli and meat market.
A 911 call reported that there was at least one employee of the market trapped in the debris.
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According to the Jackson Police Department, a preliminary investigation indicates that a 2016 Mack Truck with the attached trailer was traveling southbound on Cedar Swamp Road approaching the intersection of West Commodore Boulevard. This intersection is controlled by a traffic signal and at this time, it is believed that the truck’s driver, a 54-year-old resident of Toms River, had a green signal. The truck was hauling a load of powdered cement at the time of the crash.
Police said at the same time, a 2009 Nissan Altima being driven by a 17-year-old Jackson resident was traveling northbound on Cedar Swamp Road and was making a left turn onto West Commodore Boulevard, entering the path of the tractor-trailer. The vehicles collided in the intersection and the force of the impact propelled the Nissan back into the northbound lane at which point it struck a 2012 Honda Civic being driven by a 38-year-old Plainsboro resident.
The force of the impact caused the tractor trailer to leave the road onto the southwest corner of the intersection which is occupied by Glory’s Market.
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The truck impacted the store and made significant intrusion into the building, causing serious injuries to two persons inside the store. A 69-year-old male patron of the store was airlifted to a local trauma center for treatment and a 61-year-old female store clerk was transported to a trauma center for treatment also.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported by ambulance to the trauma center for treatment and the driver of the Nissan was also taken to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the Honda was not injured. Investigating officers have been updated that the driver of the truck was treated and discharged from the hospital.
The female store clerk and male patron were still hospitalized and being treated for what was indicated to officers were serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
A fourth vehicle which was parked and unoccupied in the parking lot was also damaged. The building sustained serious damage and the structure had to be supported for the investigation and cleanup of a fuel spill from the tractor-trailer had to be done. Numerous area Fire Departments, EMS and emergency personnel from Ocean and Monmouth Counties responded.
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“We want to thank our amazing police dept, first responders, firemen, Mayor Reina , and so many caring customers, and Township residents,” said store owner Clara Glory. “We are so grateful for all the support. We thank God our employee is fine. We pray for the unknown customer who needs all our prayers.”
The family said they will repair the damage and reopen the deli side of their business as soon as possible, but the attached liquor store remains open.
Although this investigation is still ongoing, at this time it does not appear that alcohol or drug use was a factor.
The investigation is being conducted by P.O. Edward Travisano with assistance by P.O. Brad Reider and Sergeants Trevor Crowley and Richard Bosley. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash who was not interviewed on the scene is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111.
Photos by Millstone Fire department.