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Driver Pinned In SUV After Crash On I-78 In New Jersey

I-78 Crash

A driver had to be extricated from a sport-utility vehicle after a crash on I-78 in New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: CBS 2)

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BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Rescue crews late Tuesday afternoon were trying to extricate a driver from a sport-utility vehicle, after she lost control and went into the trees on the shoulder of westbound Interstate 78 in New Jersey.

As Joe Biermann reported from Chopper 2 HD, the SUV overturned and plowed into the trees just beyond exit 33 on I-78 in Bernards Township, N.J. The local fire department was still working nearly two hours later to extricate the driver, a woman.

Crews were able to speak to the woman, and expected that she would survive the accident, Biermann reported.

But a major cleanup was in order, as crews had to get the woman extricated and transport her to an area hospital in a medevac ambulance waiting down the road.

The woman’s condition was not immediately learned.

Due to the accident, traffic was bumper-to-bumper from exit 40 all the way to exit 33 on I-78, and the accident wreckage looked like it would be there for a while.

Biermann advised taking Route 22 as an alternate, although the traffic lights would mean delays. But delays of one to two hours were expected for motorists on westbound I-78.

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