Former Miss New Jersey critically injured in car crash

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 Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum. (Getty Images)

Miss America 2014 contestant Cara McCollum, who was Miss New Jersey at the time. (Getty Images)

PITTSGROVE TOWNSHIP, N.J.  — A former Miss America contestant has been critically injured in a car crash on a New Jersey highway.

State police say former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum was northbound on Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township when her car spun off the roadway Monday night and hit a tree. The car spun again and hit two more trees before ending up in an embankment.

The 24-year-old resident of Margate was alone in her vehicle and was wearing a seatbelt. She remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition.

Authorities say the cause of the crash remains under investigation. But it appears speed and wet roads may have been contributing factors.

McCollum won the 2013 Miss New Jersey pageant. She is now an anchor on SNJ Today, a news show serving the southern Jersey area.