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Police: Driver Airlifted After Route 202 Head-On Collision

Ramapo College student in critical condition

A student was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital after a head-on collision on Route 202 Monday morning, Police Chief James Batelli said.

Jacob H. Halle, 22, of New City, NY, was trapped in his car and unconscious after his 2007 Honda Civic struck a 2003 Dodge Durango head-on, Batelli said. Emergency responders "were able to return a pulse" at the scene of the accident, he said. According to Batelli, Halle is in critical condition and on a respirator at St. Joseph's.

According to Batelli, a witness said Halle's car was "weaving several times between lanes before it crossed over to the northbound lane and struck the [Dodge] in an offset head on approach," at about 9:13 a.m. Monday. The accident occured not far from the entrance to the college.

The driver of the Durango, Kerri Ende, 43, of Oakland, was transported to Valley Hospital with “moderate injuries,” Batelli said. She is in stable condition, he said.

"The investigation is in its preliminary stage and at this point investigators do not know what was caused Mr. Halle to weave and ultimately cross into the other lane of traffic," Batelli said.

Police said they are investigating four possible reasons Halle weaved into oncoming traffic: a medical condition, falling asleep at the wheel, cell phone use or other distraction, and use of alcohol or drugs. "While we have not ruled any of these out we also have no factual basis at this point to believe any one of them are likely to be involved over another," Batelli said.

Of the student, a spokesperson from Ramapo College said "Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man and his family, as well as with the driver of the other vehicle."

Emergency workers from Fuchs Ambulance, a company that serves the college, Mahwah Ambulance, Mahwah Fire, Valley Hospital, NJSP Medevac helicopter, and Mahwah Police responded to the accident.

After being closed for about an hour, Route 202 is reopened to drivers.

hsr January 30, 2012 at 07:49 PM
good work Mahwah Ambulances and Police on this emergency call!!
Ralph January 31, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Rumor has it that Mayor Laforet is looking to get rid of the Volunteer Mahwah Ambulance Corp and replace it with a private company in order to save tax dollers. If this is true, this would be terrible. Incidents like this and others around town are the reasons why we need our own Ambluance team who work hard and are dedicated as well as volunteers. Great work Mahwah Ambulance Corp. You provide a great service, and our prayers go out to the people who were involved. Get well soon.
Hank January 31, 2012 at 06:38 PM
why doesn't the media ask the mayor if he intends to close the Ambulance Corps? Is it a big secret?
Gregory Antonetti February 01, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Mahwah Ambulance is proud to serve the town for free. This motor vehicle collision is just one example from the more than 1,000 emergency responses made by the squad each year. Gregory Antonetti Captain Mahwah Ambulance & Rescue Squad Co. #1
Richard Levine February 01, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I believe that The Record said he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson (?). If that is actually the case, why was he not taken to much closer Good Sam in Suffern or Valley in Ridgewood. In an emergency time is of the essence. Please correct me if I am wrong.
T-Bird 148 February 01, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Richard, legitimate question. It is the paramedic's call. Since the medevac helicopter had already been contacted the transit time between the local hospitals by ambulance and St. Joe's isn't that much different. Also, given the type of injuries he suffered a hospital like Valley probably would have been overwhelmed and he would have needed to be transported to a trauma center later.
Kevin February 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
St. Joseph's has one of the best trauma units in the area. I do not now what Valley or Suffern are like. I know if I was in the accident I would want to go to St Joseph's.
hsr February 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Valley is not a trauma center. With any trauma patient they must go to a trauma center. If the NJ State Police helicopter has been called the decision is theirs and they will always go to Hackensack Medical center or St. Joseph's which are both trauma centers.
Gregory Antonetti February 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
A number of variables come into play when a first responder is making a "transport decision". The nearest hospital would not always be the best choice. If we are transporting a patient that we suspect is having a possible stroke, we would want to take that patient to hospital that is a certified stroke center. A patient that has suffered a severe traumatic injury should be transported to a trauma center. When a decision is made to call in a helicopter to transport a patient the ultimate decision as to where the patient will be transported falls to the flight crew and/or their medical director. Most people may not realize that when we rendezvous with a helicopter we are in essence transferring care to the flight crew. At this point the EMTs' work is done. The EMTs (the volunteer members from Mahwah) and the Paramedics (hospital based Mobile Intensive Care Unit) do not accompany patients once they are aboard a helicopter. Gregory Antonetti Captain Mahwah Ambulance & Rescue Squad, Co #1
Nancy February 03, 2012 at 11:34 PM
It is an outrage that Mayor Laforet is even considering replacing the Ambulance volunteers that support our town day in and day out. I don't recall this being part of his election campaign and if it was he probably would not have been elected! The volunteers of this town is what makes Mahwah GREAT and the mayor is now proposing to eliminate them. Mayor Laforet you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Nancy
Richard Levine February 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
I just have an observation to make, although it is very limited from a number of years ago. Whenever, the old man next door needed an ambulance two ambulances arrived at his house. I vaguely remember that they were from the town and the Valley hospital. It seemed redunant to me. Was this a rare occurrence?
Richard Levine February 04, 2012 at 12:59 AM
And all this dsicussion started on a "rumor." Has anyone confirmed that the Mayor is seriously thinking about closing the volunteer ambulance corps?
Hank February 04, 2012 at 12:05 PM
apparently this question is off limits
Richard Levine February 04, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Doesn't the response to the accident in the above article seem grossly excessive with respect to medical response?: "Emergency workers from Fuchs Ambulance, a company that serves the college, Mahwah Ambulance, Mahwah Fire, Valley Hospital, NJSP Medevac helicopter, and Mahwah Police responded to the accident." If I still lived in NYC, in an emergency there would be only one EMS ambulence responding. One good ambulance is enough! Please correct me if I am wrong! Additionally, according to the following listing from the State of NJ, he was only sent to a Level II trauma center: at St. Josephs Level I Trauma Centers •UMDNJ-University Hospital, Newark •Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick •Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center, Camden Level II Trauma Centers •Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack •St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Paterson •Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City •Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown •Capital Health System at Fuld, Trenton •Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune •AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Can someone in the medical field familiar with medical emergencies explain the difference in the type of response provided, and that which would have been provided in a Level I trauma facility?????
Hank February 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
rich if you were in an accident, do you want them to wait and count how many people in the accident and figure out exactly the people needed, then dispatch exactly what the accident called for? Or would you prefer they send everything they have to get your bleeding crushed legs out from under the dashboard.
Richard Levine February 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Hank - Someone above said that they sent the Mobile Intensive Care unit from Valley to the accident. From the Valley website they say: Our Mobile Intensive Care Unit Since 1983, The Valley Hospital Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) has provided paramedic services to our northwestern Bergen County community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our staff of highly-skilled paramedics brings a unique blend of technology, professional expertise, human care and concern directly to the scene of accidents and medical emergencies. The Valley Hospital’s MICU is a progressive and ever-growing unit being one of the first in the State of New Jersey to implement advanced airway management procedures, such as Rapid Sequence Intubation utilizing paralytic medications, and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Our philosophy is to provide our community with the highest quality and the most up-to-date healthcare modalities possible. I further understand that these units are stationed in Wyckoff and Saddle River---not far away. The Valley Hospital questions telephone number indicated that a determination as to what to send is made by the nature of the call. They dont' send everything, and then make a determination of what they need. I know this gets to be complicated, but it still appears that there might be overkill. That is probably why medical expenses and taxes are so high in this state.
Richard Levine February 04, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Hank - I just spoke to the Good Sam Hospital in Suffern---only 9 minutes driving time from Mahwah. (The helicopter takes time to get to Mahwah, and additional time to get the patient to St. Joseph's in Paterson. Plus the advertised ER waiting time at St.Joseph's is noted as 25 minutes average.) And the clincher is that Good Sam is a Level II trauma center just as is St. Joseph's. If I you go to Good Sam for any reason you are already in a Level II trauma center. If I am in an accident, please send me to Good Sam. What do you have to say about this info.?
Richard Levine February 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Is it possible that we in this town need to review our emergency procedures even further????
ref February 05, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Dick,next time you need emergency personel call the post office
hsr February 05, 2012 at 04:59 PM
So much misinformation. Did anyone know there were "two" patients in this accident? Also Valley Paramedics don't transport patients. Become a volunteer and serve and LEARN!!

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