A motorist has been charged with drunken driving in a crash that left five people hurt and tied up traffic as thousands of people were leaving an Atlantic City beach concert.
Absecon police said 27-year-old Corey Thacker, of Little Egg Harbor Township, is charged with driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breath test, reckless driving, and disregarding a traffic signal in the Sunday evening crash.
Thacker ran a red light as he was driving east on Absecon Boulevard near the Home Depot in his Dodge Caravan, police said.
He struck a Nissan Altima that was trying to turn onto Absecon Boulevard. That impact forced the Caravan into the westbound lanes of the boulevard, where it hit a stopped Ford Explorer head-on, police said.
The Caravan then burst into flames.
Five people were hurt, police said. Their conditions weren't available.
The accident happened as scores of concert-goers were leaving the Maroon 5 beach concert in Atlantic City.