Monday, December 26, 2005

Emergency Vehicle Plunges Into NJ River

Who feels safe? I do, I do.

Authorities searched a frigid river Monday for a police officer missing since an emergency squad truck plunged more than 40 feet off an open drawbridge whose safety warning system was not operating.
The officers on Sunday night had crossed the Lincoln Highway Bridge over the Hackensack River, which links Jersey City and Newark, and had placed flares to warn motorists of the problems with the span, police Chief Robert Troy said at a news conference Monday.
The safety bar and bell used to warn motorists when the bridge is open had not been working for two days, Troy said.

Well you'd think since the authorities knew the bridge warning system was out of service they would be a bit careful about driving off into the river.

Before the officers turned around and drove back across the river, the bridge's middle span was raised to allow a tug boat to go under.
"As dark as it was, as foggy as it was, as rainy as it was, they had no idea," Troy said.

Nothing like knowing that in an emergency, when someone's life may be on the line, our emergency vechiles can see where they're going. Imagine being rushed to the hospital only to end up on the bottom of an ice cold river. If I need emergecy attention and it's foggy out, I'm walking.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heads should roll on this one, am I reading this correctly, they raised only one part of the bridge. If this is true, the opertor is a moron and a flare should be stuck up his ass and then he should be used as a warning that the bridge is out.
Mad Man, now you have me worked up! it's just these two cops should not have died, and on Christmas, that really sucks

December 27, 2005 1:15 PM  
Blogger A Mad Man said...

The two cops who drove off the bridge were the authorities warning people the bridge was experiencing technical difficulties. There really is no one to blame for this. Unless you guys want to go beat up a bridge.

December 27, 2005 2:25 PM  

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