Woman dies in burning car after crash in Toms River, New Jersey

TOMS RIVER – A woman died after being trapped in her car when she hit a truck and caught fire on Monday morning.

Toms River Police said Claudine Silvestri, 52, was heading west on Route 571 (Toms R in the left lane near Oak Ridge Parkway around 7 a.m. when she drifted onto the right lane.

She hit a sidewalk and guardrail, veered left into oncoming traffic, collided head-on with a truck and eventually caught fire, a witness told Toms River Police.

Witnesses told Ocean County Scanner News that passers-by tried unsuccessfully to free Silvestri from the locked car before the fire consumed the car, but his legs were trapped under the dashboard.

First responders put out the fire with Silvestri still trapped inside. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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