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Seven Injured in Pascack Road Crash

A Truck and SUV collided on the corner of Pascack Road and Linwood Avenue East this morning.

Seven people, five of them children, were injured in a collision between a truck and an SUV at the intersection of Pascack Road and Linwood Avenue East on the border of Washington Township and Paramus this morning, according to Paramus Police Capt. Brian Goggin.

The truck was driving south on Pascack Road when the SUV made a turn from Linwood Avenue and they collided, Goggin said.

Firefighters removed two doors from the SUV to free a person trapped inside.

The driver of the truck, a 44-year-old Garfield man was transported to Hackensack UMC with three others. The driver of the SUV, a 69-year-old Closter woman, and two others were transported to the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood. Goggin said he believed there were only "minor injuries."

Paramus police, rescue, and volunteer ambulance corps responded to the scene as well as firefighters and EMTs from Washington Township. 

The driver of the SUV was issued a summons for careless driving. If found guilty, she will be fined and issued points against her license. 

B@B June 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
It's long past time to put a light at that corner. I knew even before opening the article where this took place. People going north on Pascack Road and trying to turn left onto Linwood think they have the right of way over the people heading south on Pascack. People trying to turn left or right out of Linwood think those already on Pascack have to stop for THEM. This intersection needs a traffic light. Period.
Michael June 27, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Not enough people have been killed or injured yet to warrant a light. That's how Govt looks at it
Bill Boes June 27, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Its a tough intersection, during morning and evening rush hours its quite difficult to navigate and rarely are drivers courteous enough to let you go. Combined with ALL the trucks that use that route to the highway makes for a dangerous intersection. Welcome to NJ where courteous drivers are few and far between, pretty sad reality.
Mike Ruane June 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
This intersection SO needs a traffic light. The Township and county should get on it right away.
O.J June 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
A traffic light only serves to hide the inept ability of people to pay attention to the road. If your making a turn you do not have the right of way.
B@B June 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
True, but in the Pascack Valley, drivers coming out of side streets at T-intersections think the driver already on the main road should stop and let them on. At least with a light the violations are clear.
Carey Grant June 28, 2012 at 05:54 PM
At a Stop sign you may not proceed until the intersection is clear. Too many people get antsy around here if they have to wait at a stop sign longer than 30 seconds. And if you do wait, the people behind you start blowing their horns. When driving remember to slow it down, take your time, look around and proceed with caution. A car is a powerful thing that can kill, maim and injure you or others around you.
Ed White June 29, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Absolutely this intersection needs a traffic light! Adding to the confusion at this intersection is the fact that Pascack Road heading north is the width of 2 lanes so those continuing north go around those turning on Linwood heading west while Linwood is also 2 lanes wide for turning north or south onto Pascack Road. There's a lot of confusion at this intersection which could be tamed with a traffic light. An example of a similiar intersection that went from chaotic before a traffic light was installed to a pleasure to travel through now that there is a light, is the intersection on Broadway and the Causeway at the Woodcliff Lake Train Station. Washington Township needs to do the same. Quickly!
scruffy June 29, 2012 at 05:00 PM
While they are at it a light at the intersection of Third Ave and Washington Ave where it comes out from the park to the main road is also necessary. Cars on Wasnington Avenue clog up the intersection when the light changes to red or a train comes blocking people from getting out of Third Ave. This has been a horrendous intersection and only gets worse with time.
K.Marin July 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I have stopped using that route even though is the best for me, exactly because the near to crash incidents I've seen. There is poor visibility also if you are coming from Linwood trying to turn left onto Pascak. (curve hiding traffic from pascak coming up north). I've seen traffic lights and BETTER STREET MARKINGS in less dangerous intersections. When are going to have a TRAFFIC LIGHT here????
Ouija July 01, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I always make a left at Ridgewood (right before Pascack) and then a right to the light to avoid the craziness. A stoplight makes perfect sense but I think they have to wait until at least 3 people are killed before considering it. This interersection is nothing compared to the insanity that used to happen at Farview Avenue when you were trying to make a left out of the Garden State Plaza though.
Tyler July 01, 2012 at 02:00 PM
New Jersey drivers are the worst, face it. They need to be reigned in at every chance-speed bumps, traffic lights, whatever it takes. I lost count of how many drivers out here have cut me off and then flipped ME the bird. The police aren't much help either-I have seen plenty on their cells phones while driving (against the law), even one blow through an intersection stop sign so he could race to work at the police station!
John Q. Public July 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Tyler - Emergency Service Workers (Police, Fire, EMT's, Emergency Management) are all excluded from talking on the cell phone while driving law.

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