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Truck Crushes Car, 9 Taken To Hospital

Nine people were taken to area hospitals Monday afternoon after a truck flipped onto a car at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Alps Road.

Nine people were taken to area hospitals Monday afternoon after a recycling truck flipped and landed on top of a car at the intersection of Hamburg Turnpike and Alps Road,  said.

A recycling truck traveling east on Hamburg Turnpike made a hard right-hand turn onto Alps Road to avoid colliding with a Ford station wagon that was turning left onto Alps Road, said Capt. Mark McGrath. 

The truck hit the station wagon and landed on top of a Honda Accord, pinning the driver and a passenger inside, McGrath said. It also hit a Toyota Camry.

The driver and the passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle. Their heads were immoblized with neck braces and they were placed on stretchers. 

McGrath said all nine people involved in the crash were take to either  and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

"None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening," McGrath said.

Nancy Collins, director of public relations for the St. Joseph's Healthcare System, would not provide an update on the conditions of those taken to the hospitals.

Suzanne April 16, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Maybe it's time that intersection finally gets designated turning lanes, or a jughandle turn-around...
George April 16, 2012 at 08:44 PM
or maybe some smooth pavement. ....did you ever try to brake on hamburg tpke heading towards paterson just before the alps intersection? it is all rippled and it is very tough to control your vehicle there, especially applying brakes.
W.elk April 16, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Agreed George, it's a lousy stretch of road.
Justice April 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Why did the station wagon pull out in front of the Dumpster? It is not that easy to brake a truck, especially on these rough roads
Bob April 16, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Very rough road at that intersection. I pass it every morning. Problem is that everyone tries to beat the lights. That intersection was designated to have a turn around jughandle but they spend the money else where on unnessary projects. I believe this is the county work?
Chris Traynor April 16, 2012 at 09:49 PM
That is one frightening photograph - God Speed to all who were involved/injured. The veil that separates a "normal day" from a life-altering day is so terribly thin and vulnerable. If you ponder it too much, you might find yourself curled up in a corner of your bedroom singing the "Indoors" song from Spongebob Squarepants. LYRICS: "I know a place where you never get harmed A magical place with magical charms ... Indoors ... Indoors ... Indoors!!! Take it away, Penny!
Claire Furber April 16, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Dan you do a great job on reporting Wayne news. This is a scary photo. I saw the truck after it was righted up, very uncomfortable feeling when I think of how many times I've waited for the light to turn green at that same spot. What a traumatic experience for the people in the car, one minute sitting at the light...and the next....
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) April 17, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Thank you Claire. It was a scary scene. I can't believe that the driver and passenger were taken out of the car alive, really.
Bob Awesome April 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM
How right you are Bob. The major issue is the vehicles traveling East and speeding up to get through the light as it turns yellow then red while there is a west bound vehicle sitting in the intersection waiting to turn South on Alps. On the other hand you have the people traveling East and making an illegal left turn on to the Alps Road Extension to go behind the shopping center.
chuck April 17, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The simplest solution to this intersection is each of the four directions gets it's own green light.
Pad April 17, 2012 at 09:44 AM
Excellent job by our police officers and volunteers. Outstanding!
Bobtwo April 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
They are placing a jughandle on Hamburg and Valley
Suzanne April 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I know... the road is so bad over there! They did everything so nicely up by Jackson Ave, but just stopped as it heads towards Alps.
wayne mom April 17, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thank god the injuries are not life threatening. Why cant the county improve that interesction and traffic lights like they did with alps & ratzer? Instead they waste their time with jackson & hamburg which wasnt needed.
Lorraine April 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
God was with those passengers. I can't believe people got out of that car alive. This could have been a lot worse. I believe this happend shortly before DePaul High School which is right down the block let out. If this happend only a short while after it would have been likely that the intersetcion would have been filled with students. I was by that intersection shortly after it happend and the Wayne PD and EMS had the situation (and the traffic) under control. Both departments deserve a big THANK YOU.
Lorraine April 17, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I agree 100%!


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