Woodland Park, Passaic County, New Jersey - On Tuesday July 5th at 14:20 hrs Woodland Park police were dispatched for a reported two car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Taft Avenue and Jackson Avenue in the borough.
They arrived to find this bizarre scene. One car, a Ford AWD “Edge” that was turning onto Jackson Ave struck a Honda Accord head on; the resulting collision caused the Ford to ride up on top of another! A female driver was trapped in the upper vehicle. The occupants of the lower car self extricated themselves.
The West Paterson Fire Department was requested and Rescue 1, Engine 2 and Engine 3 responded to the scene along with EMS and Paramedics. Assistant Chief Joseph Macones established command and directed first due Rescue 1 to stabilize the upper vehicle and free the occupant from the drivers seat out of the passenger door of the Ford “Crossover” vehicle. Engine 2 assisted with the extrication and Engine 3 stretched a protection attack line for the operation.
Quickly the vehicle was secured using West Paterson Fire’s new Rescue Jacks cribbing, it was discovered the occupant had suffered no apparent injuries from the accident that propelled her all wheel drive car into the air coming to rest the way it did, she was checked out at the scene after being removed by the firefighters. It took about 15 minutes to extricate the female occupant from the wreck.
No other injuries were reported at the scene. A flat bed from a local towing service pulled the lower vehicle away letting the other settle back down to terra firma, and cleaned up glass and misc debris at the scene. All fire units were returned to quarters about 45 Minutes after dispatch. Yet another fine job by the volunteer fire units of the West Paterson Fire Department.