Police responded to the intersection of Route 37 and Colonial Drive for a report of a motor-vehicle crash involving an ambulance and a pickup truck.
When police arrived, they found a Quality Medical Transport Ford E-Series ambulance on its side just east of the intersection. They also saw a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado in the eastbound lanes of Route 37 with extensive front-end damage, police said.
Police said an initial investigation determined that the ambulance was traveling eastbound on Route 37 when it collided with the Silverado as it was crossing the highway from the southbound side of Colonial Drive.
The driver of the ambulance, 25-year-old Jennifer Garelick of Barnegat, and a rear passenger in the ambulance, 22-year-old Nicole Christiano of Toms River, were flown to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. The patient in the ambulance, 73-year-old Marie Hilton of Whiting, was transported by ground to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
They all remain in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries as of Saturday night.
The driver of the pickup truck, 40-year-old Dajuan Smith of Toms River, sustained minor injuries and declined medical attention at the scene, police said.
The Ocean County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutors' Vehicular Homicide Unit, Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad and members of the Manchester and Ridgeway volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.