CLARK, NJ - According to Fire Chief Frank Cerasa the vehicle that went off the Garden State Parkway on Wednesday evening and into icy waters was almost fully submerged in a right-side-up position by the time crews got to the scene.
Cerasa said the call came in just before 7 p.m. that a vehicle was off the parkway and in the water. Upon arrival, emergency responders found the driver had escaped the car.
Clark Fire Department units on the scene went into the water to check the vehicle for additional occupants and found none said Cerasa. At the same time, Clark’s First Aid squad attended to the driver of the vehicle.
According to Cerasa, the Union County Hazmat team was called to the scene to verify no vehicle fluids were leaking into the water. Shortly after, Clark water rescue members went back in the water to assist with securing the vehicle for removal.
“All members at the scene did an excellent job in very cold and dangerous conditions,” said Cerasa.
The New Jersey State Police were on the scene with the Cranford Fire Department. Linden and Rahway Fire Departments had an engine company on standby at Clark’s Fire Headquarters if additional support was required.