WITH PHOTOS: A Dodge Ram pickup hit a tractor-trailer and at least two other cars on Route 17 South in Paramus, then cut across three lanes of traffic before skimming along the divider, hitting a Century Road support pile and ejecting the driver, who was killed instantly, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
Paramus police said they needed to withhold details until an investigation was complete. They did confirm that at least one victim died.
They also said at least one other car was involved. There were four vehicles in all.
UPDATE: A 30-year-old heavy construction machine operator from New York who was ejected from his Dodge Ram pickup and killed after it hit a divider on Route 17 was trying to flee another crash up the road, witnesses told Paramus police. READ MORE….
Video taken at the scene and provided to CLIFFVIEW PILOT shows a yellow tarp covering the driver of the 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 on the highway barely 50 feet from the overturned pickup (CVP doesn’t publish such images).
Debris stretched from Century Road all the way to Route 4 following the 9:50 p.m. crash next to the Century Road overpass, just north of the Route 4 interchange.
Police were contacted by the driver of the 18-wheeler, sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
The Dodge sideswiped his tractor-trailer, as well as two other cars before smashing against the divider, a law enforcement source said.
“All other drivers have minor injuries,” he told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Route 17 eventually was reopened in both directions just before 5 o’clock this morning.
Responding: Paramus PD, Paramus FD, Paramus EMS, Paramus Rescue Squad, NJDOT, Bergen County Police, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Team.
All photos: Box Alarm Productions for CLIFFVIEW PILOT