SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Saturday morning, Springfield's first responders came to the scene of a one-vehicle crash in town.
According to Springfield Fire Chief Carlo Palumbo, Engine 2 was dispatched to the scene, and set up a Mountain Avenue command upon arrival.
"Upon arrival, firefighters found a single passenger car which had lodged inside the business through the storefront window with the driver still inside the vehicle," Palumbo said.
At that point, firefighters and police officers began to cordon off the immediate area, setting up caution tape and keeping bystanders at a safe distance.
Following that action, Palumbo said the Engine 2 crew assisted the driver out of the vehicle and away from the building for safety. After that, the driver was evaluated for injuries and signed the waiver refusing medical attention.
In the immediate aftermath of the crash, the need was to determine if the accident had impacted the gas and electrical connections in the building. There was also a potential concern for the structural safety of the building. A survey of the area was completed and the area was determined to be safe and secured.
Palumbo added, "After investigation the [construction official] deemed the structure was safe and did not require any shoring. The vehicle was removed and the building was turned back over to the business owner. The electricity was restored to the neighboring businesses."
As of press time, the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Personal information about the driver could not be released at this time, as it would impact their privacy and the ongoing investigation.