Sheriff: Corvette ‘disintegrated’ after serious car crash in North Bergen


A corvette “disintegrated” after a jumping a curb, hitting two telephone poles (knocking one down) during a serious car crash on Route 3 east in North Bergen early this morning, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari.

Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Sheriff's Office.
Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 12:30 a.m. this morning, the Secaucus and North Bergen Police Departments, as well as the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a serious car crash on Route 3 westbound near Route 495, Schillari said in a statement.

“First arriving units found part of a car engulfed in flames and an injured man lying on the grass median that separates Route 3 West and the Route 3 West Service Road,” he added.

According to Schillari, sheriff’s crash unit investigators have determined that a 2007 Corvette, driven by a 23-year-old Tenafly man, lost control of his vehicle at the Route 1&9/Route 3 merge.

The corvette then jumped a curb to the grass median that separates Route 3 East and West, crashed into two telephone poles, knocking one down, and then “disintegrated,” authorities said.

The driver was ejected from the wreck of the car and rolled across route 3 and eventually ended up on the median, officials said.

What remained of the chassis of the corvette burst into flames and came to rest near the Paterson Plank Road overpass on Route 3 West, police said.

The driver was transported to the Hackensack University Trauma Center with serious injuries and remains hospitalized, pending surgery to his left arm, Schillari said.

Hudson County Sheriff’s Crash Unit investigators believe that high speed was a factor in this crash.

The aforementioned section of Route 3 West was closed for 4 hours while crash investigators worked the scene. Investigators have not yet determined if any other vehicles were involved in the crash, officials said.

No charges have been filed at this time and crash remains under investigation.

Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to please contact the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit at 201-915-1300.

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