Accident shuts down part of Route 17 for hours

15 11 2007


An accident on southbound Route 17 will shut down a lane of traffic on the road into the night, police said.

The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m., when a box truck rammed into a fire hydrant and utility pole just north of Century Road in Paramus, sending streams of water into the air and flooding a nearby parking lot, according to Paramus Deputy Police Chief Richard Cary.

“The only lane that’s open is the left lane,” Cary said at 1:30 p.m. He estimated that the right lane and shoulder would be closed after dark. It was unclear whether the truck, owned by Health Care Waste Solutions of Cincinnati, Ohio, was carrying anything. According to its Web site, Health Care Waste Solutions transfers and processes medical waste for hospitals

Cary said the truck driver was transported to Bergen Regional Medical Center with injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.




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