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McDonald’s tractor-trailer rams Rochelle Park building off Route 17, spills hundreds of meals

Photo Credit: Courtesy Bergen Brookside Auto Body and Towing, Inc.
Photo Credit: Bergen Brookside Auto Body & Towing
Photo Credit: Bergen Brookside Auto Body and Towing, Inc.
Photo Credit: Bergen Brookside Auto Body and Towing, Inc.

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY: Bergen Brookside Auto Body & Towing

ONLY ON CVP: A McDonalds tractor-trailer struck a divider, hit a vacant building and landed on its side on Route 17 in Rochelle Park overnight, spilling more than 1,000 breakfast sandwiches and other meal items.

The 38-year-old driver from Middletown, N.Y. was uninjured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Rochelle Park police told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

Heavy duty wreckers from Bergen Brookside Auto Body and Towing righted the rig around 10 o’clock this morning as the contents were offloaded with a backhoe.

ALL PHOTOS: Courtesy Bergen Brookside Auto Body and Towing, Inc.

Meanwhile, borough inspectors were examining the building at 223 Route 17.

The driver told police he lost control of the rig, which hit the divider and toppled several poles before slamming into the building just before 12:30 a.m.

The crash closed the highway for nearly six hours.

“Who knows what could have happened if that building wasn’t there?” one responder told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “There are all houses right behind it.”

Rochelle Park police, firefighters and EMTs responded, followed by PSE&G and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. A hazardous materials crew also was on hand.

ALL PHOTOS: Courtesy Bergen Brookside Auto Body and Towing, Inc.

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