HACKENSACK, N.J. — City motorists are being asked to avoid the intersection at Central and Summit Avenues until mid-afternoon today after a red-light runner knocked over a traffic light causing it to malfunction.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a 50-year-old man who was operating a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, was traveling south on Central Avenue and ran a red light, hitting both a vehicle operated by a 34-year-old woman, who had been traveling west on the roadway, and the traffic light, before rolling over onto its roof. The driver was able to crawl out of his vehicle; both drivers refused medical aid on the scene, Lt. Anthony Natale said.

A contractor is currently on scene fixing the traffic light, which will be up and running again in the next three to four hours, or about 2:30 p.m., Natale said. Until then, city police are asking residents to avoid passing through that area, although a police officer will be on scene directing traffic and monitoring north and southbound traffic. 

The driver who caused the accident was issued two summonses for failure to observe the signal and careless driving.