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Van Driver Killed in Route 70 Crash

Calvin Cossaboon Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Calvin Cossaboon Jr., 50, was killed in this wreck on Route 70 Wednesday. Photo via Manchester Township Police.
Calvin Cossaboon Jr., 50, was killed in this wreck on Route 70 Wednesday. Photo via Manchester Township Police.

A Cape May Court House man was killed in a crash on Route 70 when his van crossed the center line and slammed into two cars, one head-on, early Wednesday afternoon, Manchester Township Police said.

Calvin Cossaboon Jr., 50, was headed east near Manchester Boulevard around 1 p.m. when his Dodge Caravan crossed into the westbound lanes, police said, bounced off the side of a Dodge Grand Caravan and slammed head-on into a Ford Taurus, both of which were headed in the opposite direction.

The force of the crash left both the van and Taurus with almost completely obliterated front ends, and spun the Taurus into the shoulder of the road.

Cossaboon was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two women in the Taurus—driver Maureen Cullinane, 64, of Whiting, and passenger Evelyn Randall, 58, of Newark—were seriously hurt in the crash, police said, and had to be flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.

Cullinane was listed in critical condition at the hospital and Randall was listed in stable condition.

The driver of the Grand Caravan, whose name was not released, was unhurt, police said.

The crash closed the highway for roughly four hours as police investigated the crash.

Assisting at the scene were members of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, Whiting Volunteer First Aid, Quality Medical Transport, Monoc Paramedics, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Investigation Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey Department of Transportation Diversion Team.

The crash is currently under investigation by Ptl. Thomas O’Hare of the Manchester Township Police Traffic Safety Section.

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