HAWTHORNE, NJ - A year ago, in early March, a Bobcat plowing the snow on the Ethel Avenue foot bridge which crosses over Route 208 plunged through and crashed onto the highway, striking a commercial van.  Hawthorne Public Works Serviceman Donald E. Turner, Jr. was the operator and suffered severe injuries, as did the occupants of the Hawthorne Mechanical Contractors van.

Since that time, repair work has been completed on the bridge which is open to the public.  Some discussions between the town and the State of New Jersey had been ongoing to determine which entity was responsible for the bridge.  An agreement had been made that the state would be responsible for the structural upkeep while the borough would be responsible for keeping it clear and maintained.

Boyd Loving captured photos of the restored bridge, alongside photos of the accident a year ago.

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