SAYREVILLE - An overturned car created some major traffic headaches in Sayreville Monday afternoon and caused a power outage.
The car struck a utility pole, bringing down wires, just after 3 p.m. Monday.
Witnesses say the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed before leaving the roadway. Christopher Brocke says the vehicle nearly hit him. "It hit the curb and then it did a flip once and then it flipped again and it just landed right by the exit sign," he says.
The female driver was stuck inside her car until several bystanders rushed in to help.
Former New York City Transit Officer Timothy Dabulis and former EMT Douglas Parker helped pull the woman from the car and begin first aid until paramedics arrived.
"I got the door open and crawled in and somebody around me got a knife. She was surrounded by airbags," Dabulis says. "And I cut the airbags open to get to her, then I got her seatbelt cut off."
The driver's injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening. "The only thing is she was complaining about her chest area when the seat belt came," says Parker.
But the good Samaritans were concerned about the damage caused by the crash. "The thing that was concerning at the time is that there were a lot of power lines down and at any moment it could have been a lot uglier than it was," Dabulis says.
Route 9 was closed to all traffic in both directions from Ernston Road to Bordentown Avenue. NJ Transit also had to detour bus routes in the area.
Fire crews had to be called back to the scene when the utility pole, set ablaze on impact, reignited.
JCP&L reported several hundred power outages in Sayreville and South Amboy due to the downed wires. According to the utility, power has since been restored to all customers.