SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - About 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, the South Orange Fire Department responded to a 911 report of motor vehicle accident, according to a press release from Daniel Sullivan, Chief, South Orange Fire Department.
Arriving firefighters found a vehicle had left the roadway and entered the front lawn area of a private residence on Scotland Road, coming to a stop in shrubs and other plants against the house, according to Sullivan.
Sullivan stated that the "engine compartment of this vehicle had ignited, with fire extending to vegetation and natural growth under the vehicle and in close proximity to the structure located there."
Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire while also forcing entry into the damaged vehicle, and extricating the driver, who was an unconscious man, who upon assessment was found to not be breathing, according to the release from Sullivan.
Firefighters immediately started cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and were joined in this life saving effort by South Orange Volunteer Rescue Squad (SORS) members, Advanced Life Support (ALS) response and South Orange Police officers on scene.
The man was revived and the SORS transported him to UMD-NJ in Newark for treatment.