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Driver Crashes Into Ridgewood Train Station

A section of the tunnel to the Hoboken/NYC-bound platform is closed after a motor vehicle accident.

A driver who meant to hit the brake but instead hit the gas pedal slammed through a section of the Ridgewood Train Station, closing one of the gateways to the Hoboken/NYC-bound platform.

According to Village Manager Ken Gabbert, the incident occurred a few weeks ago. A large hole in the brick wall to the tunnel entrance at the westernmost platform is visible. Bricks lay scattered on the steps below. There were no injuries reported in the accident. The driver's insurance will cover the cost of repairs, Gabbert said.

Because the train station is a historically listed site, it will be "a long process" to repair the damage, Gabbert said.

The repairs must meet village, NJ Transit and historical requirements. Gabbert did not immediately know the timetable for repairs to be made.

Commuters attempting to reach the Hoboken-bound platform from the Port Jervis side will have to take the entrance near Malee Thai to the Wilsey Sq. entrance/exit tunnel near Mac Murphys. The reverse is true for commuters attempting to head from the east side to the west. Commuters are advised to take the tunnel entrance closest to Mac Murphys and exit by Malee Thai.

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JV October 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Is there any information on why it took so long for this to be known?
AMAMOM October 09, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I knew about this the next morning, I walked thru town and saw the destruction. Your question might be better stated "Why did it take so long for the Patch to report this accident?"
James Kleimann October 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I saw the broken bricks and yellow tape for the first time on Friday and received information as to what happened on Monday. As soon as I knew, I reported on it. As far as I'm aware, I'm still the only person to have reported on the accident. It would have been nice had I seen it or heard about it much earlier, but it didn't work out that way. It's always nice to receive tips, so I encourage anyone to shoot me an email or give me a call.
Rock October 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I think the issue of delayed reporting was due to this incident occuring between a shift change in the team of Patch reporters patrolling the area. Although I would have thought the radio scanners at the Patch Command Center might have picked up an increase in chatter. But I'm also surprised the Patch Watch Commander didn't see this happen from the observation tower.
Dan Johnson October 09, 2012 at 01:33 PM
What I don't understand is why don't they just clean of the debris on the stairs so they can be re-opened. There is no real safety problem with the hole in the wall and it is kind of stupid to keep that entrance closed.
RdgwdGRock October 09, 2012 at 02:00 PM
a team of consultants needs to be hired to assess if a parking garage and big box store can now be built in that new space
AMAMOM October 09, 2012 at 05:10 PM
James, I've always thought that you were monitoring the police logs for activity. If you can answer, what is the process for learning about activity in the town? Do things like this event show up on the police logs? Just curious because as you say no other news outlet has reported on this either.
James Kleimann October 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
AMAMOM, The police send out a weekly blotter of incidents, typically on Tuesday or Wednesday. It usually contains about 5-10 incidents, so it doesn't represent the scope of activity in town, not by a long shot. Typically, I have a police scanner on and also visit the police regularly to make sure I don't miss anything I should be reporting on. That said, I don't always get to everything. I can't answer why it wasn't reported elsewhere (though I suppose it's possible it was and I didn't see it). I just happened to see the broken bricks on Friday and thought, "Huh, that's weird. Wonder what happened" and made inquiries.
Boyd A. Loving October 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Probably some sort of turf dispute between the Village and NJ Transit. We want them to fix it and they want us to fix it. So while the idiots battle it out through their respective attorneys, commuters come out holding the short end of the stick as per usual. No one gives a darn about the small guy any longer.
Boyd A. Loving October 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
This was not news that could have resulted in a photo op for the Mayor, Village Manager, and/or a member of the Village Council, therefore nothing was sent out about it. Bad news is generally kept buried until someone like James arrives with a shovel and starts asking questions. That's the way it is in a small town. But, Ridgewood is a whole lot better than some nearby municipalities where the police and municipal administrators refuse to respond to information requests from the press on a routine basis.
Long Time Resident October 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
You left out Boyd A. Loving on your list of names for photo ops. I have to believe if you knew about this you would have been there with your camera.
Mikka H October 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Ha ! so funny LTR....the last "incident" where boyd showed up with his camera he tried to push me out of the way to get his shot...NOT GONNA HAPPEN...guy's got WAY to much time on his hands.....and a very creepy look in his eyes....

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