HACKENSACK, NJ - A woman was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after she mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brakes and wound up in the Hackensack River, according to authorities.

The incident occurred around noon at Spotless Car Wash on River Street, where a 64-year-old Teaneck woman exited the car wash chute in her Mercedes sport utility vehicle and drove straight into the river, Police Capt. Nicole Foley said.

A 41-year-old Guttenberg man who witnessed the accident jumped into the river and pulled the driver and her passenger, a 27-year-old Teaneck woman, from the vehicle to safety prior to the arrival of first responders, Foley said.

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The driver was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for precautionary reasons while the passenger refused medical treatment at the scene, Foley said. 

According to the captain, there are no guardrails in place to prevent vehicles from driving intot he area that leads to where the woman's SUV plunged into the river.