UPDATED: Route 9 was closed in both directions in Marlboro Township on Monday afternoon after a fatal crash toppled a telephone poll, authorities said.
The driver of a Ford Edge -- which struck a telephone pole then crashed into a U-Haul truck that was parked in the U-Haul parking lot at 415 Route 9 South -- was pronounced dead at the scene, Marlboro police said.
The driver's identity was not released pending notification of her family, according to Capt. Stephen Levy, a Marlboro police spokesman.
The telephone pole came down on top of the Ford Edge, trapping the driver inside, Levy said. The wires landed on four other vehicles but did not injure anyone in those cars, he said.
Wires stretched over both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 9, Levy said. As a result, the highway was closed for several hours in both directions from Texas Road in Old Bridge Township to Gordons Corner Road in Manalapan Township, he said.
The state Department of Transportation responded and a detour was set up. JCP&L utility crews also responded to the scene and "will be on location doing repairs for an extended period of time," Levy said.
In addition to Marlboro Township police,Levy said that first responders included New Jersey state troopers, Robertsville Fire Department, Morganville First Aid Squad, Marlboro First Aid Squad and paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The crash is being investigated by Marlboro Township Police Officer David Stattel of the township's Traffic and Safety Bureau.
Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call Stattel at 732-536-0100.
This is a developing news story.
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