Circus Performers' Camper Hanging Off Route 287 Overpass Cleared, Police Say

There were no injuries when a camper being hauled by a pickup truck jumped an overpass barrier, according to cops.

Camper hanging over Route 287. Credit: NJSP.
Camper hanging over Route 287. Credit: NJSP.

Route 287 in Mahwah reopened Wednesday afternoon, hours after crews cleaned up the remnants of an accident that left a camper hanging off the side of the overpass, according to New Jersey State Police.

The camper was being hauled by a pickup truck when the accident occurred after 10 a.m. Wednesday, police said. Two circus performers reportedly driving the pickup were not hurt in the accident, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Adam Grossman said.

According to an ABClocal.com report, the two women in the truck were part of the Big Apple Circus’s act called “The Mongolian Angels.” The two women were traveling from Walden, NY, to Dulles, Va., when they lost control of the truck, the report said.

Police are still investigating the accident, how the pickup and camper flipped over, and how the camper ended up suspended from the overpass, Grossman said.

The NJSP closed route 287 Southbound at the Mahwah exit, leading to some back-ups along Route 17 South and Route 202 in Mahwah.

The NJSP tweeted the above photo of the accident Wednesday afternoon.

Mahwah Resident September 18, 2013 at 01:52 PM
By all means, let’s increase the traffic in the area with the new super mall !
Mike Kupchik September 18, 2013 at 06:42 PM
If this is irrelevant to 17n entry to 287, or a 287 exit to 17, a dangerous route either way, must be farther west on 287, at that open spot used to dread. Hope they managed to fish-out the trailer, and give the driver an instant NJ driver's test.
StupidlyHappy September 19, 2013 at 09:33 AM
How about when people are operating a motor vehicle, they actually pay attention to the task at hand; driving. We should not be on the phone, texting, eating, drinking, applying make-up, etc. just operating the vehicle. Traffic and congestion on the roads are inevitable; mall or no mall but most accidents can be avoided by simply being alert to what is happening around you.
mahwahwian September 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Maybe they should not drive with those big floppy shoes.


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