UPDATE: A tractor-trailer driver whose his rig overturned on the flyover entrance ramp from Route 17 to Route 287 in Mahwah this afternoon died amid intense efforts by paramedics to revive him, authorities tonight confirmed.
The rig from Brockton, MA, which was trucking a load of cranberries to Boston, “tipped as it went around the curve” around 4:15 p.m., a responder told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. “It hit the fence and landed on the guard rail.”
A surgeon from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center was summoned to amputate the driver’s leg to free him, but firefighters cut away a portion of the guard rail and got him out about 45 minutes later, another responder said.
“His leg was barely attached,” he said.
A medical helicopter was waiting at the Sheraton Crossroads to fly the victim to the hospital if he’d survived. But the driver was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. and it was released.
Delays were expected to last several hours on northbound Route 287 and in both directions on Route 17, Mahwah police said.
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