Fairfield Police and Fire Departments Respond to Various Weather-Related Emergencies
Fairfield (NJ) On October 7, 2013, between 3:00 P.M. and 6:45 P.M., the Fairfield police and fire departments responded to six separate emergencies, each of which may have had some if not all attributable to the prevailing weather that passed through the Township at that time.
The first calls occurred at approximately 3:15 P.M. reporting power lines down at 66 Passaic Avenue and 1 Washington Avenue. At both locations, power lines came down on vehicles that were parked in each parking lot. The area was secured and PSE&G notified.
At approximately 3:19 P.M., officers responded to 16 Kennedy Drive on a report of a large tree that had fallen. Although the tree reportedly brushed against the residence, there was apparently no damage.
At approximately 5:47 P.M., officers responded to a motor vehicle accident near Route 46 and Clinton Road wherein one person was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J.
At approximately 6:43 P.M., Fairfield police and fire units responded to a utility pole that was apparently on fire near 80 Little Falls Road. Responding units found no fire but electricity to the building was shut off and PSE&G notified.
The most substantial incident taking place during this time period relative to resources and duration was a motor vehicle crash occurring in front of 10 Dwight Place that began at 4:55 P.M.. A box truck apparently left the roadway, severing a utility pole and fire hydrant. The truck came to rest just off the roadway with the utility pole resting on its roof. The lone driver was not injured. Further examination of the scene revealed that the truck was leaking diesel fuel into a storm drain, which resulted in the Nutley Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Unit having to respond to control and clean up the spill. The crash is still under investigation and police are still not sure what, if any role the weather played. As of 11:00 A.M. on October 8th, police personnel were still on scene while PSE&G personnel made the required repairs.
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