Three Lakewood women were seriously injured Fright night after they were struck by a pickup truck while attempting to cross Route 9 at Frederick Drive, Sgt. Philip Smith said.
Although Route 9 was closed for almost two hours after the accident, it is now open both northbound and southbound, police said.
The women - all from Morris Boulevard in Lakewood - had just been dropped off by a southbound New Jersey Transit bus at the bus stop near Frederick Drive when the accident occurred.
A three-year-old girl one of the women was holding was not injured seriously and suffered only minor abrasions, Smith said.
The driver, Thomas Caranno, 70, Bayville, was driving his 1998 pickup truck southbound when the truck struck the women, he said.
It does not appear that alcohol or excessive speed were a factor in the accident, Smith said.
Police were hampered by a language barrier in attempting to communicate with the three women, who are all Hispanic, he said.
All three women were airlifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Their conditions were unavailable tonight.
"We just helicoptered the last patient out," Police Chief Karin T. DiMichele said earlier this evening. "It's going to be a little while to sort everything out."
Route 9 northbound is closed at Moorage Avenue and southbound at the entrance to the Berkeley Plaza.
The accident is under investigation by Berkeley Police Officers Tammy Clermont and Rip Bondulich and the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Smith said.
Come back to Berkeley Patch later for more information on this developing story.