Mahwah, NJ – Fire Crews Extricate Dump Truck Driver When Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up Shuts Down Rt 287

Mahwah, NJ – Fire Crews Extricate Dump Truck Driver When Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up Shuts Down Rt 287

Mahwah, NJ (August 22, 2022) – A dump truck operator miraculously lived through a harrowing rollover during a multi-vehicle collision that shut down both sides of Route 287 in Mahwah for several hours on Monday, August 22nd. 

The dump truck landed wheels up on the median guardrail, seriously entrapping the operator, during a chain-reaction crash that included two tractor-trailers and at least one other vehicle in the northbound lanes of the roadway at about 11:00 a.m.  

Multiple ambulances responded to the scene along with fire trucks, rescue crews, and both New Jersey State and local police.  

It took fire crews roughly an hour and a half to extricate the driver, whose legs were pinned inside the mangled cab. He was, however, alert and conscious while he was transferred to Hackensack University Medical Center with what responders said were non-critical injuries. 

At least one other driver was also taken to an area hospital. What became of the dog that was also in the dump truck could not immediately be determined.

A medical helicopter was requested but inclement weather prevented any response. 

The collision also caused the dump truck to spill its load of gravel onto the median.

The southbound lanes were eventually reopened. The northbound lanes remained closed to allow heavy-duty wreckers to remove the rig and for the rest of the debris to be cleared.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Commercial Truck Crashes in New Jersey

Mahwah, NJ - Fire Crews Extricate Dump Truck Driver When Multi-Vehicle Pile-Up Shuts Down Rt 287

Commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, dump trucks, tanker trucks, and auto haulers, are regulated at the federal level by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and subjected to state regulations set by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. These regulations concern issues like weight, height, and the securing of freight. 

Some of the regulations that play a crucial role in a truck driver’s ability to safely operate his vehicle include: 

  • Alcohol and Drug Testing Requirements:  The FMCSA mandates drug testing at varied times in an effort to stop impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. For instance, drivers are required to pass a drug test prior to operating a commercial truck. A drug test is mandatory after a collision that involves severe or life-changing injuries and/or death.
  • Weight and Size Limits: There is a reference guide specific to New Jersey that covers the height, length, width, and weight limits that apply to commercial trucks that operate within the state. For instance, commercial trucks may not be wider than eight feet across on highways and eight feet six inches on designated network routes. All commercial vehicle combinations and types may not be more than 13 feet six inches high on state highways.
  • Hours of Service Regulations: Fatigued driving is extremely dangerous, especially when the exhausted driver is behind the wheel of a commercial truck. For this reason, the FMCSA has instituted hours of service regulations to stop truck operators from operating a vehicle when they are overly tired.

It is not uncommon for commercial trucks involved in accidents to be in violation of a state or federal regulation designed specifically with the safety of the operator and those with whom he is sharing the road in mind. 

If you were injured in a commercial truck accident and you feel operator negligence had something to do with it, contact a commercial truck accident lawyer at Metro Law in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see what legal options are open to you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.