- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A soccer player on her way to compete in a charity tournament was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash that also injured three of her teammates.

Hamilton Township police tell The Press of Atlantic City (http://bit.ly/Z2FYst) that the accident on Route 40 occurred around 8:45 a.m., when an eastbound pickup truck driven by 39-year-old Nicholas Gareffi of Vineland apparently crossed the center lane.

The truck first struck a westbound box truck driven by 48-year-old Darrel Jacobs of Vineland, then hit a car driven by 18-year-old Madelyn Williscroft of Linwood.

Gareffi’s car then struck several trees and caught fire, while Williscroft’s car spun out and came to rest in the front yard of a nearby home.

Williscroft and two of her passengers were treated at a hospital for “mild to moderate” injuries and were later released. But another passenger had more serious injuries and was flown to a hospital.

Further details on the girl’s condition were not disclosed, and authorities have not released her name. All the passengers in Williscroft’s car were from Linwood.

Officials said that the girls in Williscroft’s car were all soccer players at Mainland Regional High School. Dozens of students and their parents, along with teachers and guidance counselors, gathered at the school Saturday afternoon after hearing about the accident.

Gareffi was taken to a hospital for evaluation, while Jacobs was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com