Avenel-Colonia Squad Responded Quickly to Route 1 Truck Flip Accident
The squad's president said ACFAS was on the scene within four minutes - two minutes better than the national average.
When you call 911, it might feel like it's taking forever to get there. Remember, though, it only feels that way, said the president of a local emergency services squad that responded to a dramatic accident in Avenel on Wednesday.
"Often, those waiting for an ambulance to respond will feel as if it takes "forever" even though that is not the case," said John McHale of the Avenel-Colonia First Aid Squad (ACFAS).
The dispatch records show that ACFAS was on the scene "in four minutes," McHale said of the September 12 accident on Route 1 in front of the Holiday Day Inn Express.
Four minutes was "completely acceptable," McHale said, reacting to comments from several observers of the accident who said they called 911 and it took a long time for the ambulance to arrive.
"Our response time was well below the national average of six minutes," McHale said.
No one was seriously injured in the three-vehicle accident, which caused one car to crumple and its air bags to deploy, and made a pick up truck flip over. The driver of the truck crawled out and apparently sustained only minor injuries, onlookers said.
Two of the injured were taken to John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison for treatment, while a third party involved in the crash refused medical attention.
Woodbridge police said that the accident happened when a vehicle in the middle lane moved into the left lane so he could pass the car in front of him. The driver who was doing the passing, police said, didn't see the truck in the left lane and they collided.
That caused the truck to smash into the concrete barrier and flip over.
No summons have been issued so far in the accident, police said. The late afternoon traffic snarled traffic on Route 1 for miles.