A Caldwell man was seriously injured Monday morning after the car he was driving went airborne and careened into a tree in North Caldwell, according to North Caldwell Police.
A local man in his 20s was driving a white Nissan Maxima at a high rate of speed on Grandview Avenue at around 12:45 a.m. Monday, according to police. As the man attempted to turn left onto Central Avenue at the traffic triangle, he lost control of his car, hit a curb and the car went airborne before colliding with a tree at 414 Central Ave., according to police.
The driver, whose identity is being withheld by police, was not wearing a seatbelt and needed to be removed from the car by the West Essex First Aid Squad. In addition to North Caldwell Police and Fire departments, Fairfield police also responded to the scene.
The Caldwell man was able to be removed from his car in less than 10 minutes, said North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer. He was the only person in the car.
The driver was transported to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson with serious and life-threatening injuries, according to police.
Investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to police.
Correction: The original posting of this article stated incorrectly that the driver lost control of his vehicle at a traffic light while turning onto Central Avenue. The driver instead lost control at a traffic triangle at the intersection.