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Rockland Couple's SUV Tumbles Into Brook Between Shopping Center, High School In Montvale

The driver hit the gas instead of the brake in the set of handicapped spaces in the Fresh Market parking lot in Montvale, responders said.
The driver hit the gas instead of the brake in the set of handicapped spaces in the Fresh Market parking lot in Montvale, responders said. Photo Credit: GoogleMaps

A pair of Rockland County grandparents escaped serious injury when their SUV barreled over an embankment and into a brook Saturday afternoon at a shopping center in Montvale, authorities said.

The husband apparently hit the gas instead of the brake pulling into a handicapped parking space in the parking lot of the Fresh Market bordering St. Joseph Regional High School on Chestnut Ridge Road Police Chief Joseph Sanfilippo said.

That sent their Lincoln into a brook between the two properties, he said.

Both were taken to the Valley Hospital with minor injuries, the chief said. A tow truck removed the vehicle, he said.

Police, firefighters and two Tri-Boro Ambulance Squad units responded, along with a Bergen County Hazardous Materials Unit because of a fuel spill into the brook. The state Department of Environmental also was notified.

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