2 Girls Ejected From Car On Route 21

12 11 2007

PASSAIC — Two girls were hospitalized on Sunday after they were ejected from an SUV that was being driven by an unlicensed driver, police said.

The two girls, 7 and 13 years old, were flung from the Ford Explorer when the vehicle, which was traveling south on Route 21, lost a wheel, hit the median and rolled over behind the Aspen Place public housing complex shortly after 11 a.m., police said.

The 7-year-old girl landed in the southbound lanes of the highway, while the 13-year-old flew over the center divider and landed in the northbound lanes, Detective Andy White said Sunday.

It was lucky no one died in the accident, police said. It was not known whether the two girls were wearing seatbelts, police said.

“Thank God no cars were coming that way at that time,” White said.

All eight passengers in the vehicle, including the driver, Maria Argumendo, were taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson. One suffered a serious neck injury, but it was unclear who that was.

The accident remained under investigation on Sunday and police had not yet determined what caused the Explorer’s rear wheel to fall off. Argumendo, of Sherman Street, was issued a summons for being an unlicensed driver, White said. NORTHJERSEY.COM

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