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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.

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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