Union City DPW truck crashes through fence, overturns on Route 495 – 2 critically injured

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A Union City Department of Public Works truck crashed through a fence on Palisade Avenue and overturned onto the westbound side of Route 495 westbound, leaving at least two people critically injured, officials said.

Twitter photo courtesy of user @VivianiGoris.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. this afternoon and as many as nine people were injured, according to police radio transmissions.

While police are yet to confirm the exact number injured at this time, multiple reports confirm that at least two victims were critically injured.

Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante tweeted that the major accident has Route 495 closed in both directions and that officers will be directing traffic in the northern end of the Mile Square City as a result.

Commuters are further encouraged to stay put by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who announced on Twitter that service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal has been suspended until further bus service.

However, for those who have to travel, NJ Transit, the PATH and NY Waterway are “cross-honoring” for bus passengers.”

Furthermore, drivers are encouraged to avoid the Lincoln Tunnel since New Jersey traffic is being diverted through Hoboken, therefore commuters are advised to use the George Washington Bridge or Holland Tunnel instead.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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