Car crash shuts Light Rail for short time
Nov 22, 2013 | 3351 views | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BAYONNE – Four teens, two boys and two girls, traveling west on Eighth Street on Friday lost control of their SUV and crashed into a fitness center, causing structural damage to the building and shutting down the Hudson Bergen Light Rail line for a short time.

Fire Chief Greg Rogers said the circumstance surrounding the crash are still under investigation, but that no one in the vehicle or in the building was hurt.

A light rain had been falling and the road was slick, possibly contributing to the accident.

The call came in at 7:59 a.m., Rogers said. The Waldron Chiropractor & Fitness Center was closed and so no one was inside when the vehicle plunged through the front door and window, knocking down a front support.

In order not to endanger firefighters who were installing supports to keep the building’s front from collapsing, the Light Rail was shut down. Rogers said this was to keep possible vibrations from bringing down the building.

“The vehicle took down the central support,” Rogers said.

Fire fighters installed supports that would allow the vehicle to be extracted. Inspectors from the city building department were on the scene evaluating the situation,

Rogers said the property owner has been notified and the city building department will later determine the full extent of the damage.

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