SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — An accident this afternoon along South Orange Avenue just west of Ridgewood Road damaged three cars and caused one of them to flip upside down. Remarkably, no one was injured.
The driver of the flipped Buick Encore spoke with TAPinto SOMA at the scene today, Feb. 3, but declined to give his name; he did say he was a Maplewood resident.
Although the man said he was hit from behind, the South Orange police officer he was speaking with was observed saying airbags don’t generally deploy in such a situation. The officer was observed giving the driver a citation. It was not clear if either of the other drivers were cited. The desk officer at the South Orange Police Department said he was not able to comment, as the community relations officer was not on duty.
However it happened, the Maplewood man’s car spun three times according to witnesses. “The car did flip over... The car was flipped and spun. You don’t see it when it’s going on,” he said, as it happened so fast and his vision was blocked by the airbags. “I understand [from] people standing by, they said [it spun] three times,” he noted.
He described how he got out of his upside down vehicle. “Once I figured out where my body weight was hanging, I undid the seatbelt…landed on my hands and feet, and climbed out the door.” He said he “basically fell out of the car.”
An ambulance came to examine one of the drivers who said her chest hurt, but she declined to go with them to St. Barnabas Medical Center to be checked out.
“You’re a lucky man,” said another police officer at one point to the Buick driver, to have emerged from the vehicle uninjured.
This story will be updated should further details become available.