HACKENSACK, N.J. — The watchful eye of an off-duty Hackensack firefighter meant the saving of one man’s life when he spotted the victim after a four-car accident on Route 80 in need of CPR.
While traveling home on Route 80 in Elmwood Park after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hackensack Deputy Fire Chief John Taylor observed a four-car accident in the left lane on I-80 eastbound and pulled over to administer aid to a 63-year-old Rochelle Park man was in need of CPR. With the help of two Good Samaritans, Taylor broke the back window of the victim's 2013 GMC Sierra to remove him from his vehicle and onto the roadway.
Taylor, along with one of the Good Samaritans, administered CPR for 15 minutes until troopers from the New Jersey State Police arrived.
A spokesperson with the NJSP said the front of the GMC Sierra struck the rears of a 2013 Toyota Prius and a 2019 Volvo, in addition to the right of a 2016 Chevrolet Pickup Truck before striking the right and left concrete barriers. When state police arrived, they were able to revive the 63-year-old driver, Peter Visconti, with a defibrillator. The victim was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and remains in critical condition.