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Head-On Collision on Morlot Avenue Sends 2 to Hospital

Both drivers involved in a two-car accident at the corner of Morlot Avenue and Plaza Road were taken to the hospital just after noon on Tuesday.

A head-on car crash on Morlot Avenue just before noon Tuesday sent both drivers to the hospital with injuries and slowed traffic at the intersection of Morlot Avenue and Plaza Road.

The collision occurred when the elderly driver of a Mercedes headed westbound on Morlot Avenue blacked out, likely due to a medical emergency, and swerved head on into oncoming traffic, hitting an eastbound Volkswagen, police said.

Neither car involved in the accident had any passengers, and both drivers were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after being worked on by paramedics at the scene.

Police said the injuries were not considered life threatening, but that advanced life support was summoned to the scene because of the unknown nature of the elderly driver's medical condition.

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MissS May 01, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I hope all involved return home safe and healthy. Perhaps mandatory retaking of driving tests at certain ages could help uncover these medical problems and lead to a decrease in these types of accidents.
Tommy P May 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Miss S, I share you sentiments and hope both drivers make a speedy recovery. Instead of insisting additional testing, maybe its time to start outlawing human drivers? I am not sure why type of testing you suggest people should go through to prove they are good drivers. Many conditions are unpredictable. May Google has the answer. Automated cars that drive themselves.......
MissS May 01, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Or... instead of being sarcastic, we actually look at the fact that some elderly people simply do not possess the skills and abilities to operate a vehicle. A retake of the test we all took the first time would prove ability and maybe after a certain age a doctor would have to sign off that the driver is able to operate a vehicle.
Tommy P May 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
What Doctor in their right mind would sign that document? Or even participate in such a program? A patient could sue you if you don't and if you do "take someone off the road" and they get into an accident you get sued. Its a loose/loose idea.
Bruce Knuckle May 02, 2012 at 12:56 PM
That's 1200 bucks for Fair Lawn. Keep the oldies driving, we need the revenue.
Chris Antonelli May 02, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Set the guidelines, create a test, indemnify the doctor. Easy.
Tommy P May 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Is it really that easy? If the doctor doesn't have liability, do you think they would really take anyone off the road? Doctors are in business to make money, who would want to alienate a patient with no upside? A patient would simply find a doctor that gave them "permission" to drive.
tacitus May 02, 2012 at 05:19 PM
other states already have mandatory testing for all drivers over a certain age, I believe PA will not allow you to renew your licenses unless cleared by a doctor after a certain age and yes they have minimin standards that all drivers would have to meet before a doctor could sign off. @Thomas Paine if a doctor were to simply sign off as you suggest then they would I presume be looking at a liabilty issue if that driver were to cause an accident and injure another
Tom Tom, the piper's son May 02, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Plus mileage Bruce, don't forget about the mileage. LOL
Deleted because of harassment May 02, 2012 at 11:20 PM
My mother's doctor signed off and reported her to the DMV when he diagnosed her dementia since she insisted on driving to the point where we disabled her car and took away her keys. There are a lot of people with covert medical problems, and overt ones that emperil everyone they share the road with. My mother was starting to leave a trail of broken tail lights and finally had a serious injury in an accident where she also hurt someone else - that's what led to her medical diagnosis. Doctors can and do report people in NJ all the time - they can even do it confidentially. The DMV requested my mother come in for testing, and when they did, and she didn't, they pulled her license. It tough not being able to drive, but being the instrument of death for yourself or others?...
Me May 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Which automated cars are we talking about? Minority Report or Demolition Man? Because I might back that.
Fred Brunetti May 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Bruce Knuckle, I do not understand the comment "1200 bucks for air Lawn". Please explain! Thanks! Fred
Bruce Knuckle May 04, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Fred, our great leaders now have an ordinance to charge for using the ambulance service. They took Volunteer right out of the equation. $600 for each person x2 =$1200 for Fair Lawn.
Fred Brunetti May 04, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Bruce Knucle, Thank you for the very interesting information regarding the $600 per person charge when our ambulance is called out. Seems like it has the potential to cause a real firestorm of debate. I'm sure we will all hear more in the near future. Thanks again! Fred
Zak Koeske May 06, 2012 at 04:46 PM
@Fred If you're interested in more information about Fair Lawn's third-party ambulance billing, I've written about it pretty extensively. Here are links to a couple articles that might answer some questions you have: Borough Answers Ambulance Billing Questions http://patch.com/A-r7Xm Ambulance Billing Begins March 1 http://patch.com/A-qxR4

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