Tuesday night, a jackknifed tractor-trailer spilt diesel gasoline across the highway and into the Passaic River, causing a 13-car pileup that injured some drivers. New Jersey police and emergency personnel raced to the scene.
A tractor-trailer that has become jackknifed is seen obstructing both lanes of traffic in the Freedom News TV footage of the incident. A firefighter from Paterson, New Jersey, who attended to the scene can be seen sliding about on a black ice-covered highway in another photo.
Another vehicle on a flatbed tow truck with all of its airbags deployed and the rear end completely shattered is also seen in the footage.
In the video, Sarvjeet Singh, who was interviewed, stated that he was driving when a section of the road flooded. He claimed that after passing several cars and himself, they came to a section of the road that was frozen.
“All of a sudden they couldn’t control their cars,” he said, adding that he pulled into a driveway as other cars began to crash into each other. “I found out before that, there was a tractor-trailer that got hit by a car and there was a bad injury there.”
He turned into the driveway and saw the automobiles smashing together behind him.
He thought there was a problem with his brakes after driving through the water, but when he began to slide, he realised the road was slick.
More footage reveals more wrecked cars on the black ice, some with crushed bumpers, flat tyres, broken lamps, and dented fenders.
While some of the cars were pointing in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic, others were sideways on the road.
Additionally, fluids from below the tractor-trailer were being cleaned up by crews. They were observed shovelling and sweeping a quick-dry substance that is meant to absorb oil and other liquids that might be detrimental to the environment or create dangerous conditions on roads.
On camera, a crew member can be seen pointing to a location and inquiring as to whether it was diesel. Images revealed that the tractor trailer’s fuel tank was punctured, allowing fuel to spill into the street.
It was alleged that salt trucks sanded down the road following the collision.
Photos posted to the Paterson Police Department’s Facebook page depict officers responding to significant flooding and hazardous driving conditions brought on by a Monday coastal storm.