Yesterday's monsoon rain across the Jersey Shore made driving conditions dangerous at times and it appeared to be what led to a motor vehicle crash in Howell.

Police say the driver of a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup was heading east on Hulses Corner Road toward Route 9 when he lost control of the truck and struck a tree around 2:33 pm.

The driver, who police say was not wearing a seat-belt, remains in critical condition with significant injuries at Jersey Shore University Medical Center while his 17-year old passenger was treated for minor injuries at JSUMC.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Howell Township Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit.

Anyone with information with the crash is asked to contact Ptl. Matthew Cherney at 732-938-4575 extension 2629.

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