Men Suffer Concussions, Injuries in Three-Car Accident on 287 South
Traffic was backed up for about a mile on and around Route 287 Tuesday afternoon, police said
Three men from Kingston, N.Y., were injured in a three-car accident on 287 in Mahwah Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
At about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, “a woman coming off the New York State Thruway into Jersey switched from the right to center lane, and struck a tractor-trailer that was in the center lane,” Mahwah Lt. Phil Tangel said Tuesday evening. “The tractor trailer then swerved, and hit a pick-up truck in the left lane. The pick-up hit the center median, causing some serious damage [to the truck]."
Three adult males — two brothers and a friend — traveling in the pick-up were injured in the crash, police said. Two suffered a concussion and one back and leg injuries, Tangel said.
All three were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., police said.
The truck driver and woman driving the car that initially switched lanes were not injured. Police said they could not identify the occupants, but did say the woman is from Wayne.
The accident occurred about 500 feet from the New York border, and traffic on and around Route 287 was backed up at least until about 5 p.m. as a result of the accident and subsequent road closures.
The “residual traffic back-up was close to a mile long,” Tangel said.
The accident was handled by NJ State Police, and the MPD, MFD and Mahwah Ambulance Corps responded.