According to the Nyack Free Press, a head-on crash in Blauvelt on May 20 seriously injured a 76-year-old New Jersey man.
The crash occurred on Route 303 from Blauvelt to Orangeburg. According to reports, the man had to be rescued from the wreckage of the crash by volunteer firefighters.
Police told the Free Press that a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup truck driven by Joseph Guarasci, 52, of Pearl River, and a 2012 Nissan Altima driven by Albert Diana, 76, of Norwood, N.J., crashed head-on when the northbound pickup truck crossed over the double yellow pavement markings into the southbound lane.
The accident occurred at around 8:20 p.m., just south of Bradley Parkway in Blauvelt. After hitting the Nissan, the truck reportedly went off the roadway and hit a utility pole.
The accident remains under investigation. Diana was taken to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla for treatment of serious injuries, while Guarasci was treated at Nyack Hospital for injuries.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured in a Head-On Collision?
It should be noted that Yahoo! recently reported that 360 people are killed each year in wrong-way collisions. Common causes of head-on crashes include driving while under the influence of alcohol, distracted driving and the failure of car parts or vehicle defects.
A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study of more than 1,500 wrong-way crashes from 2004 to 2009 found that drivers had blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than twice the legal limit in 59 percent of crashes.
Aside from death, wrong-way accidents can result in catastrophic injuries like head injuries, spinal cord injuries or compound fractures, which often require expensive physical therapy and rehab.
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