Seat Belts Prevented Serious Injury in Crash, Officials Say

Two people needed to be extricated from smashed Range Rover on Lafayette Avenue.

An accident near the I-287 south entrance on Lafayette Avenue near Washington Place took well over an hour to clear Monday morning.

Morristown Police issued an alert via the Nixle.com alert service at about 9 a.m. advising drivers to avoid Lafayette Avenue by Washington Place for "a motor vehicle rollover with entrapment." Police, fire and EMS were called to the scene.

The two damaged vehicles—a Range Rover with a teenaged male and a female adult driver, and a Mustang GT—were loaded onto flatbed tow trucks shortly before 10:30 a.m. Acting Fire Chief Robert Flanagan said the passengers in the Range Rover had to extricated from their vehicle, but appeared to be calm during the process, which took about 30 minutes. They were then transported to Morristown Medical Center, he said.

"They both had their seatbelts on, that played a large part," Flanagan said.

Chris October 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I was wondering what was causing the HORRIBLE traffic this AM.
Carole October 23, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Cars cruise that curve at about 50 mph all the time. I wonder if speed was a factor. Another issue at this spot or very nearby is that cars come off the I-287 ramp and attempt to cross OVER Lafayette to get to the side street on the other side for quicker access to Morris Street in order to avoid making a "right" and via the roads they should take to get back onto Morris Street. Lafayette also narrows down from 3 lanes to 2 quickly at the curve and some drivers do not yield or permit another car to get back over onto the Lafayette travel lane to go over the 287 bridge. It's a real free for all at this very location all of the time. Hope everyone is fine today. I was listening to this on the scanner all morning yesterday. It is down the street from where we live.
Freda's Sugar Daddy October 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
If an automobile flips, speed is a factor. We already know seatbelts are the law. Give us something newsworthy like who was negligent? Who got the ticket? What was there mph? Witnesses? Those topics are news. Not traffic jams.


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