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PHOTOS: Snow Remover Falls Through Route 208 Bridge, Hits Van Below, Three Hospitalized

At the scene.
At the scene. Photo Credit: Boyd A. Loving

A Bobcat removing snow from a pedestrian bridge on Route 208 in Hawthorne fell through the span and landed on a van on the northbound highway, seriously injuring three people late Monday morning, authorities confirmed.

Both van occupants and the driver of the 4,100-pound Bobcat S100 were hospitalized. 

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UPDATE: Authorities were investigating why a snow removal machine plunged through a pedestrian bridge, smashing into a van and seriously injuring its two occupants on Route 208 below.

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/southpassaic/police-fire/prosecutor-investigating-snow-removers-plunge-through-route-208-bridge/749087/

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The highway was closed at Utter Avenue and Goffle Road after the Bobcat tore a hole in the North 4th Street overpass just after 11 a.m. while clearing snow (see photos below).

It landed flush on the van's cab, trapping the driver and a passenger who had to be extricated by firefighters, witnesses said. 

The machine weighs two tons.

Boyd A. Loving

Wyckoff Rescue and Hawthorne police and firefighters were among the responders, which also included Glen Rock police and the Bergen County Sheriff's Office.

State inspectors were examining the span to determine whether it was in danger of a total collapse.

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The pedestrian bridge.

Boyd A. Loving

Boyd A. Loving took the photos and contributed to this story.

At the scene.

Boyd A. Loving

The overturned Bobcat.

Boyd A. Loving

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ALSO SEE: It was a casual comment that led a serious arrest: One of two New York men arrested on their way home from buying heroin in Paterson off-handedly asked about a gun-carrying permit, Hawthorne police said.

https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/southpassaic/police-fire/hawthorne-pd-ny-duo-had-gun-in-case-250-bags-of-paterson-bought-heroin-in-secret-compartment/749035/

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The pedestrian bridge.

Boyd A. Loving

The 2-ton Bobcat landed on the cab of the van on Route 208 in Hawthorne.

Boyd A. Loving

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