Motorcyclist in stable condition after sliding across 3 lanes of traffic in Secaucus


A 25-year-old motorcyclist is in stable condition after being involved in a serious accident on Route 495 last night that saw him and his motorcycle slide over 300 feet across three lanes of traffic, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari. 

Motorcycle accident

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Last evening at approximately 6:30 pm, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, North Bergen and Secaucus Police Departments responded to a collision involving a motorcycle and a car on Route 3 West near the Route 495 & Routes 1&9 interchange – right on the border of Secaucus and North Bergen, Schillari said.

A 2009 Ford Fusion driven by John Ariniello, 52, of Bath, Pennsylvania, was merging onto Route 3 West from Route 1&9.

As the vehicle was beginning to change lanes it collided with a Yamaha Sport motorcycle, driven by Armando Barahona, 25, of Clifton. He was merging onto Route 3 West from Route 495, officials said.

The impact of the collision threw Barahona from the motorcycle and both he and the motorcycle slid over 300 feet across three lanes of traffic, authorities said.

He was rushed to Hackensack Medical Center by Meadowlands EMS with serious injuries. As of this morning, Barahona was listed in stable condition, Schillari stated.

Several lanes of Route 3 West were closed for approximately 3 hours while the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit investigated the scene.

Preliminary findings show the motorcycle may have been in the blind spot of the car at the time of the collision and the driver immediately stopped and rendered aid to the rider, officials said.

Finally, Schillari clarified that no charges have been filed at this time.

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