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Trapped Washington Township driver in dead-end crash waits hour before summoning help

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Washington Township man remained in his car nearly an hour before turning on his radio to summon help this morning after he crashed in a dead end off the Garden State Parkway.

The Andrea Lane resident was moving his car out of the way so he could put out recyclables just before 8 a.m. when the accelerator stuck,  Officer Heather Castronova told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The car careened down the street onto Edgewood Drive and crashed into some trees and the chain-link parkway fence at the end of the street, she said.

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The debris that fell in the crash trapped him inside, Castronova said. No one in the immediate area of the noisy parkway could hear his initial calls for help.

After about an hour, the trapped driver cranked up his radio, Castronova said. An Edgewood Drive resident heard it and called police.

Dispatched Officer Vincent Montalbano and Sgt. Thomas Lawton spotted the car from the other side of the fence. As they worked their way around, Police Chief Glenn Hooper and Capt. Gregg Hackbarth — both of whom were promoted to their positions yesterday — went to the scene.

Hooper and Hackbarth were making their way to the man when Lawton arrived and lifted part of the fence and tree sections so they could get to him, Castronova said.

Borough firefighters and Road Department workers then cut through the debris, she said.

Hillsdale Ambulance took the man to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood for evaluation.

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