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Woman Injured in Car Vs. Tractor Trailer Accident on Russell Avenue

Police said the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta appeared to have veered into oncoming traffic coming around a bend near Russell and Helena avenues.

One woman was transported to Valley Hospital after the front end of her Volkswagen was shredded by an oncoming tractor trailer on Russell Avenue Wednesday afternoon, according to police and fire officials. 

The woman was traveling west-bound near a curve at Russell Avenue and Helena Avenue at approximately 1:20 p.m. when she apparently veered into the east-bound lane, police on the scene said. The front end of her Jetta appeared to have struck rear a tire of the tractor trailer's cab.

The driver of the Jetta was a diabetic and her condition may have been a factor in the accident, according to Lt. Charlie Van Dyk. 

She was initially trapped in the vehicle when first responders arrived on the scene and had to be extricated by the , according to WVFD Deputy Chief Joseph Vander Plaat.

The woman was transported to by . The extent of her injuries is unknown.

The driver of the tractor trailer sat on the side of the road as emergency responders and tow trucks cleared the scene. He requested a check up by the WVAC at the scene of the accident, but appeared to have sustained no major injuries.

Wyckoff Police are still investigating the incident and no citations had been issued as of the time of this report.

Police shut traffic on the half-mile stretch of road on Russell Avenue from Route 208 to Wyckoff Avenue and officers diverted drivers on the terminal ends of the road.

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