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River Road in Summit Reopened to Traffic After Car Takes Out Utility, Traffic Poles in Morning Accident

Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit
Credits: Greg Elliott / TAPinto Summit

SUMMIT, NJ - River Road in Summit has been reopened to traffic after a vehicle driven by a 53 year-old West Orange woman veered off the road and slammed into a series of traffic and utility poles the morning of January 24.

The accident took place at approximately 8:44 a.m. when the driver lost partial control of the 2016 Nissan midsize Sport Utility Vehicle at 81 Passaic Avenue, immediately opposite the Passaic Avenue entrance to Celgene Corporation.

According to Summit Police, the woman said she became momentarily distracted and the motor vehicle then hit a light pole, a traffic signal and then came to rest after striking a Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) pole on the embankment immediately above the Passaic River.

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The woman exited the vehicle on her own and was transported to Overlook Medical Center with what are believed to be minor injuries. No further updates to her condition were available.

The southbound traffic lane of Passaic Avenue -- between River Road and Kent Place Boulevard -- was closed until 5:30 p.m. January 24, as crews from JCP&L -- who arrived on the scene soon after the incident -- continued their work to replace the utility pole.

Area residents reported a momentary 'blink', signifying a momentary loss of power, coinciding with the time of the accident, but the power remained on. Celgene reportedly lost power to part of its campus, but it was restored soon thereafter via a back-up system.

The driver, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, has been issued a summons for careless driving. 

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