Update: 8:20 a.m. Monday,North Avenue Car Accident Sends Two to Hospital

Accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

Update: This story was updated at 8:20 a.m. Monday to include additional comments from Reid Edles.

Reid Edles, president of the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, said the injuries sustained in Sunday evening's motor vehicle accident were not life-threatening. 

Original: The Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to a motor vehicle accident on North Avenue near Tuttle Parkway at 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

Two patients were transported to the hospital, rescue squad president Reid Edles confirmed.

The accident temporarily closed a portion of North Avenue but the road was reopened before 9 p.m., according to the Westfield Police Department. 

This stretch has been the scene of multiple accidents this year. In September, a two-car accident sent two patients to nearby hospitals. In late January,  68, of Scotch Plains was passing through the intersection of North Avenue at Tuttle Parkway when it is believed she grazed a pedestrian as he crossed the street. After she stopped to attempt to lead him to the other side of the intersection, the pair was struck by two vehicles driven by

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Dear Westfield Mom December 24, 2012 at 02:16 PM
So is Central Ave. the County will do what's necessary with the support and request of the town. Example: Hawk light.
slk2003 December 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Cars just go so fast down North Avenue. It is totally residential there. Isn't the speed limit supposed to be about 25mph in residential neighborhoods? Slowing down would help a lot -- but so would a traffic light.
Jeff B December 24, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Aside from the unfortunate consequences for those involved in the accidents, for the town and county to fail to do anything about a long known and repeatedly dangerous situation would seem to create legal liability for them (and taxpayers).
Wondering Why December 25, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Why does the Patch rely on the rescue squad for a press release? Isn't the police department the primary source of information for car accidents?
Elizabeth Alterman December 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Wondering Why, I contacted the police department on Sunday evening immediately following the accident as noted above but as the public information officer was not available until after Christmas, information that could be released was limited. As such, I contacted the rescue squad to find out additional information about the victims. No press releases were issued. In the future if you have a question about how or where information has been obtained, please feel free to contact me directly at liz.alterman@patch.com. Thank you.


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