Only hours after one Kearny teenager was killed in an auto accident (see p. 1 story), another escaped serious injury when his car flipped over on Passaic Ave. near North Midland Ave. last Wednesday.
The lucky driver, a 17 years old, was alone in the car, heading north on Passaic, when he missed the curve on the hill just south of the railroad trestle at about 5 p.m., police said.
According to the police report, the teen said the car drifted as he was putting something into the glove box. The 1991 Mercury clipped the curb, hit a utility pole and overturned, ending up on its roof in the middle of the two-lane road.
No other vehicles were involved.
When police arrived at the scene, the driver was sitting on the curb, waiting for them. He apparently suffered only a knee injury and was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville.
He was also issued a summons for careless driving.
The accident forced police to close Passaic Ave. from North Midland to Laurel Ave. at the height of afternoon rush-hour, causing traffic backups on local streets.
––– Karen Zautyk