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Wrong-Way Wanaque Driver, 75, Causes 4-Car Pileup On Route 23 In Wayne

The woman was emerging from the Black Oak Ridge Road connection when she turned her 2018 Mazda 3 left into northbound Route 23 traffic around 9:45 a.m., police said.
The woman was emerging from the Black Oak Ridge Road connection when she turned her 2018 Mazda 3 left into northbound Route 23 traffic around 9:45 a.m., police said. Photo Credit: Googlemaps

WAYNE, N.J. -- A 75-year-old Wanaque women mistakenly drove into oncoming traffic on Route 23 in Wayne, causing a four-vehicle chain reaction crash that sent two people to the hospital Thursday morning.

The woman was emerging from the Black Oak Ridge Road connection when she turned her 2018 Mazda 3 left into northbound Route 23 traffic around 9:45 a.m., Detective Capt. Laurence Martin said.

Seeing her coming at him, a driver swerved his vehicle into the next lane, causing a collision with another car, Martin said.

Before it was over, four vehicles -- including the Wanaque woman's Mazda -- had been damaged.

The Wanaque woman received a summons for careless driving, the captain said.

She and another driver were hospitalized after complaining of chest pains, he said, adding that all four vehicles had to be towed.

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