FOUND! Dog Who Flee Horrific Route 287 Dump Truck Rollover Returns Next Day
As he recovered in a hospital bed, a Bergen County dump truck driver who miraculously survived a horrific accident on Route 287 worried about the fate of his dog.
The pooch fled when rescuers arrived at the scene of the rollover at noon on the northbound highway in Mahwah on Monday. No one knew where he had gone.
Then on Tuesday, State Transportation Department workers found the little guy sitting on the side of the road not far from the scene.
New Jersey State Police brought the dog to Hackensack University Medical Center, where preparations were already underway for the release of the 29-year-old Elmwood Park driver.
The Kenilworth dump truck, owned by Cahl Trucking of Elmwood Park, first struck the guardrail on the left shoulder of the freeway at approximately 11 a.m., NJSP Sgt. said Philip Curry.
It then “turned counter-clockwise and hit the guardrail again and flipped over,” the sergeant said.
The truck landed on its roof on the middle guardrail. The heavily pinned driver’s legs were stuck in the crushed cabin.
It took firefighters approximately 90 minutes to extricate him. Fortunately, he was conscious and alert when he was taken to hospital with injuries that several responders said were miraculously not life threatening.
The southbound lanes were eventually reopened, but northbound Route 287 remained closed for hours so heavy wreckers could lift the rig onto a tray and remove the wreckage from the scene.
State police were investigating the cause of the accident, Curry said.
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