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Paramus Police: Route 17 SUV Crash 2nd In Nine Months For Waldwick Driver

"The seat belt must have saved him."
"The seat belt must have saved him." Photo Credit: DAILY VOICE PHOTO: Roy Zarokyan
Photos from the July 2015 crash that toppled the utility pole on Route 17 in Paramus.
Photos from the July 2015 crash that toppled the utility pole on Route 17 in Paramus. Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT file photos

PARAMUS, N.J. -- A Waldwick man who was nearly killed when his SUV rolled over and slammed into a sign pole on Route 17 in Paramus on Sunday was pulled from a burning car he crashed on the highway last summer, authorities told Daily Voice on Monday.

Andrew Ishak, 28, was Sunday afternoon in the 2002 Toyota Land Cruiser that struck the center divider of the highway, crossed four lanes over traffic, rolled and wrapped itself around the sign pole near Midland Avenue, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said.

He remained in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center on Monday, the chief said.

Ishak was the same driver Paramus police pulled from a burning wreck on southbound Route 17 at Ridgewood Avenue last July 13, Ehrenberg said.

That crash occurred just after midnight after Ishak lost control of a 2015 Nissan Altima that left the roadway and struck a utility pole the chief said.

The vehicle rolled over onto its roof and caught fire, he said.

Borough Officers Gil Maynard, Anthony Mordaga and Timothy Reed, extinguished the fire, broke the side windows of the car and pulled the dazed Ishak out, Ehrenberg said.

He was taken to HUMC with "moderate injuries including lacerations and abrasions," he said.

When the pole and attached electric lines came down, some of the poles guy-wires, snapped and broke the front window of the “Lighting Superstore,” the chief said.

In Sunday's wreck, members of the Paramus Rescue Squad and Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to remove Ishak.

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