WEST ESSEX, NJ - Late Saturday night, the National Weather Service issued a Freezing Rain Advisory for northeast New Jersey warning of hazardous travel conditions through Sunday morning. The Advisory was expected to be in effect from 3am until 8am Sunday morning, but it was gradually extended until 1pm Sunday afternoon.
"Light freezing rain and drizzle will make
Reports began to come into West Essex Now by early morning saying the roads were extremely hazardous.
"Black ice everywhere from Bloomfield to West Caldwell.
By 8:30am, about 10 vehicles were already disabled along Mountain Avenue and there were numerous accidents occurring throughout the area. Area police and surrounding towns used their emergency alert systems within the next ten minutes to warn their residents to remain at home and they would continue to do so throughout the morning.
Over the next hour, Eagle Rock Avenue, Bloomfield Avenue, Passaic Avenue, Eisenhower Parkway and Route 280 were all closed completely or intermittently as accidents arose. Vehicles were reported to have collided into each other, hit poles, gone onto lawns and spun around onto oncoming traffic. There were countless injuries and multiple airbags deployed; in general, drivers were proving it was unsafe for any but emergency vehicles to be out on the road.
Pedestrians were equally affected; falls with injuries from icy stairs, sidewalks, parking lots and driveways were reported all over the area.
So many accidents happened in such a short period of time that First Responders resorted to the rare practice of "triaging" - which usually happens during extreme emergencies when large amounts of wounded or ill patients are assigned degrees of urgency. By 9am, Roseland and West Essex First Aid EMTs were responding to emergencies all over the area, while at the same time their emergency vehicles were attempting to circumvent the dangerous roads to transport patients to local hospitals and trauma centers in Newark. All available EMTs were asked to report for duty and mutual aid from Wayne was also requested.
This is only a sampling of accidents which occurred throughout the region:
Reports of abandoned cars left where they had crashed came in from all over. By 11:30am, there were so many accidents and disabled vehicles along Eagle Rock Avenue that residents were opening their homes to shelter people as they waited for assistance.
Local religious organizations including St. Peter's Church in Essex Fells, LifeSource Church in West Caldwell and Our Lady of the Lake in Verona canceled morning prayer services or afternoon gatherings.
The ice storm affected everyone in the Metropolitan Area. Governor Chris Christie announced that speed restrictions of 35-45mph were in effect on the NJ Turnpike by 9:15am. NJ Transit and DeCamp buses were all cancelled until the afternoon due to the icy road conditions. At 1:30pm, the mutual aid agreement between New York City and NJ was activated and those EMT teams, which were available, waited at the Hudson Tunnel to assist with the City's backlog of 911 calls.
At 1pm, the Freezing Rain Advisory was cancelled while NOAA then issued a Flood Warning which was in effect until 6pm Sunday afternoon. Briefly, thundershowers came into the area adding to the day's weather challenges.
All the roads in the area were open by 1:45pm. The roads remain wet and temperatures will continue below freezing tonight. At 5:50pm, there was an accident, with injuries, on Grandview Avenue, in North Caldwell.
Fairfield Police and West Essex First Aid Squad Avert Near Tragedy, Thursday, on Pier Lane; Public Reminded of the Need for Carbon Monoxide Detectors
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
FAIRFIELD, NJ - Early Thursday morning at 4am, the Fairfield Police Department responded to a Pier Lane residence to provide medical assistance to a 47-years old woman who was experiencing convulsions. While she was being cared for, three other members of the household reported to the officers that they were light-headed, having difficulty breathing and suffering from headaches. The West Essex First Aid Squad soon after arrived.
"Members of the West Essex First Aid Squad arrived on scene
After the EMTs expressed to police that Carbon Monoxide Poisoning was likely the cause of the emergencies, the house was immediately evacuated. Eventually, four individuals were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson for treatment; no emergency responders required any treatment.
Manna stated that the source of the carbon monoxide was traced to a faulty hot water heater in the basement; there were no working carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
“This situation emphasizes all too clearly the importance
Carbon Monoxide Sources
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas which is produced by appliances that give off combustion fumes, particularly those that burn fuels including:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Symptoms
The Fairfield Police Departments wants to alert the public that Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when an individual inhales too much carbon monoxide and not enough oxygen and at that point serious tissue damage can occur. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:
These symptoms can be particularly dangerous for anyone who is asleep or intoxicated.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to:
For Assisting in Saving the Life of Caldwell Sgt. Fred Arnold, Caldwell Police, West Caldwell Police and West Essex First Aid Squad First Responders Recognized with Mayor's Award, Tuesday
From left: West Caldwell Police Officers: Corporal Lenny Santiago, Captain Gerard Paris, Patrolman Greg Ruesch and Detective Paul Mazzeo, next to West Essex First Aid Squad Captain David Black and Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing standing with Caldwell Police Officers: Sergeant Fred Arnold, Chief James Bongiorno, Officer Matthew DeAngelo and Lieutenant Demetrious Andrinopoulos Credit: Caldwell Police
CALDWELL, NJ - At Tuesday's meeting of the Caldwell governing body, Mayor Ann Dassing made a special "Mayor's Award" presentation recognizing the efforts of first responders who were credited in saving the life of Caldwell Sgt. Fred Arnold. The officer was on duty, Thursday, June 5, when he suffered a heart attack while driving on Ravine Avenue, West Caldwell. The mayor also expressed gratitude to Caldwell resident Mark Sauer who first reported the incident to police.
While driving, Arnold was able to remain in control of the vehicle; he steered it out of traffic's way, allowing it to rest at a traffic pole. Officers from both Caldwell and West Caldwell police immediately reported to the scene at 1:07pm.
The Caldwell officer was found unresponsive inside of his vehicle and the officers immediately began life-saving measures, soon assisted by the West Essex First Aid Squad.
" I am so grateful that Sergeant Fred Arnold is doing so well
First Responders Recognized
Caldwell Police Officers
West Caldwell Police Officers
West Essex First Aid Squad
Arnold is well-known in Caldwell for his many years of service and for serving as a D.A.R.E. officer at Trinity Academy.
"In the case of someone having a heart attack
At Tuesday's meeting, the Mayor's Award was also presented to Caldwell Police Officers Robert Adams and Officer Candice Marinaro for assisting in saving the life of a Caldwell resident. View Here.
Caldwell Police Department
Chief James H. Bongiorno
1 Provost Square
Caldwell, NJ 07006