Police & Fire

Rescue Tools Used by Fairfield Fire Department to Free Woman Entrapped After Two Vehicle Accident Early Sunday Morning

March 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM

FAIRFIELD, NJ - Early Sunday morning, at about 2:51 a.m., Fairfield Police and Fire Departments along with the West Essex First Aid Squad attended to the scene of a two-car motor vehicle crash on Route 46 East, near the vicinity of the Crowne Plaza hotel and the Valero gas station. The Fairfield Fire Department needed to cut through the roof of one of the vehicles to free the passenger who was stuck underneath the dashboard.

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Credit: Google Maps

Also assisting at the incident were the North Caldwell Police Department along with the Pine Brook Fire Department and the Wayne Township Memorial First Aid SquadDuring the two hour accident investigation, the eastbound lanes of Route 46 were closed until the scene could be cleared.

While the accident remains under investigation by the Fairfield Police Department, Deputy Police Chief Anthony Manna reported that a silver 2014 Nissan sedan with two occupants and a red 2012 Ford flatbed tow truck, which also had two motorists, were both traveling east on Route 46. The tow truck, which is owned by Passaic Towing, was in the left lane and allegedly sideswiped the Nissan in the right lane. At that point the tow truck left the road and struck a Department of Transportation message pole. When police arrived at the scene they were able to remove the male driver of the tow truck from his vehicle.

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Credit: Anthony Manna 

According to Fairfield Deputy Fire Chief Tim Connolly, the fire company was dispatched to the scene knowing that there would be entrapment. “When the fire department arrived, we found that the driver of the tow truck was out of the vehicle laying in the road but the passenger remained heavily pinned inside the truck. Our department quickly went to work cutting the roof off to make access to the cab easier.”

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Credit: Anthony Manna

Using the hydraulic Holmatro cutting and spreading rescue tool, the rescue workers, after about 30 minutes, were able to free the female passenger who had been trapped underneath the dashboard.

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Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

The West Essex First Aid and the Wayne First Aid Squad transported all four persons involved in the accident to area hospitals for treatment. Additionally, the Verona First Aid Squad was put on stand-by since all of the West Essex First Aid Squad resources were dedicated to this accident for an extended length of time.

As of noon Sunday, police were at the scene of the accident and, as of present, no summonses have been issued against either driver.  

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Credit: Fairfield Fire Department

“This was a very technical and complex rescue,” commented Connolly. “The firefighters and EMTs that worked together on this should be commended. I for one have the highest praise for what they did as a team.”


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