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Semi-Truck Crashes Into Parked Car During Foggy Night

No injuries in violent early morning crash that totaled at least one vehicle

Heavy fog obscuring sight appears to be the reason a semi-trailer truck slammed into a small parked Honda early Thursday morning, violently shooting the small vehicle 70 feet down a sleepy East Ridgewood Avenue.

Around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning, a semi-trailer truck was heading west on East Ridgewood Avenue when it struck the small late-model Honda Fit parked on the side of the road. The force propoelled the Honda an estimated 70 feet, coming to rest in front of a brick wall that borders the Mayflower Apartments.

No one was hurt in the early-morning crash.

Due to the excessive fog, the truck driver did not see the parked car until it was too late, he was overheard saying. Police could not immediately be reached for comment on the possible issuance of citations or cause for the crash.

The owner of the Honda was unsure of the original location of where it was parked, but said she “imagined it was somewhere around where the glass starts.”

Debris from the vehicle was blasted the width of Ridgewood Ave, and a thule storage rack was knocked clean from the roof of the car.

The Honda was effectively destroyed, with the rear left corner of the trunk and backseat passenger door crumpled, and the bumper removed.

The truck also sustained a considerable amount of damage, tearing out the entire left side of the trailer, exposing the innards and the broken axle.

It mowed down a two-hour parking sign, and narrowly missed a phone pole, coming to a halt just in front of the pole on the curb.

Ironically, the truck was carrying auto parts.

The owners of the Honda did not hear the crash, but were awakened by police alerting them of the situation, they said.

Bernadette Walsh June 23, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Assuming the driver of the truck was only going 25 MPH, I'm amazed that it totaled the Fit. Wonder what Honda's crash test rating is on the Fit?
James Kleimann June 23, 2011 at 02:57 PM
The 2009-2011 Honda Fit has received a "Good" rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety on frontal offset tests and side impact tests. The vehicle received an "Acceptable" rating on roof strength tests. Finally, for rear crash protection/head restraints, the 2009-2011 model received a "Good" rating. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=593
Lawrence June 23, 2011 at 03:43 PM
I live on E. Ridgewood Ave by Somerville. I'm also a light sleeper so I hear all of the traffic noise and see the trucks. Those big trucks that roll through at night in the early morning hours are doing at least 50mph from Maple to Route 17, AT LEAST. Occasionally, the RPD is tucked by the Duck Pond with the radar out but it's always pointing towards Paramus Road and I can never recall them pulling over a truck for speeding, never in 25 years.
J.D. Luke June 23, 2011 at 05:09 PM
OK, all kidding aside, what makes you think the truck was doing anything like 25 mph? You must take our low speed limits with a grain of salt. Do 25 down Ridgewood or Linwood and you'll almost certainly have someone stuck to your rear bumper trying to push you along faster. At least on Linwood that person will usually wind up turning off the road to get to their job at Valley.
Boyd A. Loving June 23, 2011 at 05:41 PM
Isn't parking prohibited on all of Ridgewood's streets between the hours of 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM?
Mon Misfit June 24, 2011 at 04:50 AM
Could someone explain how a Straight Truck for Local Delivery only, got blown up into a Full size Semi Tractor with Trailer? Pay Attention to Details Please! A Class 7 Local Delivery truck is not, and will never be a Semi. Not Ever! Folks, it's very simple, a Semi Rig has a Minimum of 3 Axles, and Two Vehicles, Each with their own Liscense Plate. Any thing less than that is NOT a Semi! Get it right the first time, or Go Home.


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