FAIR LAWN, NJ - The man who escaped a firey crash on Saturday was cut off by another vehicle, forcing him to veer off northbound Route 208 and crash, police said.

Man Escapes Firey Crash

The crash occurred on February 15, just after 5 p.m. The man driving the 2003 Volkswagen, a 26-year-old Oakland resident, told police as he was cut off by another vehicle, forcing him to veer off the road prior to Promenade Boulevard, the entrance to the Promenade, a shopping/apartment complex.

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"Once off the roadway, the vehicle struck a light pole, then a tree, before coming to rest back onto the highway where it caught on fire from the impact with a ruptured gas tank," police said. "The operator was able to exit the vehicle on his own."

Fair Lawn Fire Department and Fair Lawn Rescue responded to extinguish the fire and clean up the fuel.

According to a witness at the scene, a roadway lighting pole owned by NJDOT was demolished as a result of the crash. Traffic on Route 208 northbound was restricted to one lane until the roadway was cleared of all debris and the vehicle was removed by a tow truck.