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Pregnant woman, 24, hospitalized with pain after crash on Route 17 in Ridgewood

Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving
Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

YOU SAW IT HERE FIRST: The driver and his pregnant passenger were taken to the hospital after their car rear-ended a FedEx Freight tractor-trailer on Route 17 south in Ridgewood this morning.

The Honda Civic slammed into the back of the rig under the Linwood Avenue overpass around 11 a.m., police said.

A witness confirmed the 40-year-old Garfield trucker’s account that he had just merged into traffic and had to slow down, Ridgewood Police Capt. Jacqueline Luthcke  told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

“The car behind him was unable to slow down as quickly,” she said.

Ridgewood police, firefighters and EMS workers all responded.

The 24-year-old woman and the driver, 31, both also of Garfield, were taken to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

The woman “had no obvious signs of trauma but was complaining of pain,” Luthcke said. “The airbags all deployed fully.”

The right and center lanes of the highway were closed for more than a half-hour. Gridlock backed up the highway for miles and tied up several side streets as drivers tried to find detours.

The wrecked Honda was removed by flatbed tow truck.


STORY / PHOTOS: Boyd A. Loving

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