SUV Flips in 5-Vehicle Accident on 287

Two tractor-trailers, two SUVs and a minivan were strewn across the highway Friday afternoon

Two Massachusetts women suffered minor injuries in a five-car accident involving one minivan, two SUVs and two tractor-trailers at the split of Routes 17 and 287 South Friday afternoon, Mahwah Police said.

The two women were driving a red Toyota minivan off the NYS Thruway South at about 12:47 p.m. Friday when they “apparently decided too late they wanted to continue driving on Route 287 South, not Route 17,” responding Officer Bill Hunt said.

The duo attempted to change lanes from the center lane, and grazed an SUV that was driving on 287 South, Hunt said. They then lost control of the minivan, hit the guardrail and hit a Toyota Rav 4 that was also on the road, causing the Toyota to flip over, Hunt said.

Two tractor-trailers driving down the roadway after the accident then crashed into the cars on each side of the road, leaving the five vehicles strewn across the highway, police said.

The two women suffered only minor injuries, and were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., via Mahwah Ambulance, Hunt said. The driver of the flipped SUV refused medical attention and no one else involved suffered any injuries, police said.

Route 287 South was closed for about an hour Friday afternoon as police and ambulance crews responded to the accident. It reopened shortly before 2 p.m.

The crash is the second on 287 in Mahwah to make headlines this week. Earlier in the week, a double tractor-trailer crash left one driver in critical condition.

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Hank January 20, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Time out Connor The driver not only caused damage to the vehicles, the drivers action closed down a major east coast interstate highway. Thousands of people were delayed and I could not even guess how much money was lost due to missed appointments deliveries etc. I am sorry if the driver is injured or "distraught" but I have no sympathy for a driver who just decides to cross over traffic without looking.
Chopped Meet January 21, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Fast Harry that was good advice from your dad and you're right this driver is an idiot, because it was all about her having to get off right then and there and not going to the next exit.
Chopped Meet January 21, 2013 at 03:31 AM
The driver should be issued a summons for unsafe lane change and or careless driving if they weren't already. All the mamby pamby nonsense about being unfamilar with the road should not mitigate safe driving and the rules of the road. This could have caused serious injury or death. Yes we all make mistakes but we must be held accountable for our actions. You can be rest assured the insurance company won't say awww poor baby didn't know the road. I am glad you're all OK, but wise up.
Westpoint1 January 22, 2013 at 06:09 PM
I don’t know your daughter and name calling doesn’t solve anything. But her actions could have seriously injured and/ or killed someone. I drive up and down this stretch of highway daily from NYS to NJ. My husband drives this way daily. Many times I have my children with me. I hope your daughter was shaken deeply by this incident. I hope she takes away from this experience that she could have easily killed/seriously injured herself or someone else‘s child, husband, parent, etc. Driving in an unfamiliar place is no excuse. And what if she had just cut someone off and did not cause an accident, but pissed someone off enough to ride her tail and follow her? I see drivers doing this all the time. The bottom line is what she did, while it was a mistake, was completely irresponsible and as a young driver, I hope this experience teaches her to drive with more caution in the future. In general, I am so sick of reckless, inpatient, aggressive, oblivious, inconsiderate drivers. Not a care for anyone else on the road.
John Marston January 24, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Who gives these people their drivers license... I think they are distributed in cracker jack boxes now a days


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