First responders try to save N.J. man’s severed leg after he’s pinned between cars
Paterson firefighters used a winch to separate the cars and medical tools to retrieve the man’s leg, Chief Brian McDermott said
By Anthony G. Attrino
PATERSON, N.J. — A 67-year-old man had his leg amputated Tuesday when he was struck by a car and pinned between two vehicles in Paterson, authorities said.
The man was hit about 7:15 p.m. in the area of Union and Manchester avenues in Paterson, according to city Police Director Jerry Speziale.
“Upon arriving at the scene, they found a 67-year-old man down on the sidewalk with his right leg amputated just below the knee as a result of the vehicle accident,” Speziale said.
Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott said firefighters used a winch to separate the cars and medical tools to retrieve the man’s leg.
EMTs rushed the man and his leg to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, where they were hopeful doctors would be able to reattach the appendage, the chief said.
“They ran to a nearby store, where they grabbed bags of ice. They wrapped the appendage in the ice and took it to the hospital with the hopes it can be reattached,” McDermott said.
The man was in stable condition on Wednesday morning, the chief said. The driver, who was not identified, was also taken to St. Joseph’s hospital, police said.
Police said the driver appeared to have a medical problem shortly before the crash. Her condition was not immediately available.