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Washington Township man killed in crash at Closter intersection with powerless traffic signal

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

BREAKING NEWS: A Washington Township man was killed early this morning when his car was rammed by a garbage truck at a Closter intersection where the traffic light is still out.

The crash ruptured a gas line, creating all sorts of hazards for emergency workers.

However, a Harding Avenue resident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that she and most of her other neighbors weren’t home because they have been without power since the weekend snowstorm and took shelter elsewhere.

Robert Caron, 70, was headed east on High Street around 8 a.m. when his car was smashed by a Miele garbage truck traveling on Knickerbocker Road, a source with direct knowledge of the accident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The driver was killed, and emergency responders couldn’t get to him because a gas valve was struck by the careening car.

“The first responding units were held off by the threat of exploding gas,” an emergency worker told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The traffic signal at that intersection has been out since the weekend snowstorm. Makeshift STOP signs were erected, but it was dark at the time.

As of 9:30 a.m., the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Unit was still at the scene investigating.






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