By Karen Zautyk
Two lanes on Rt. 21 South had to be shut down last Thursday afternoon after a car became disabled and two subsequent accidents occurred in virtually the same spot on the highway, just south of Park Ave.
Traffic was backed up for about an hour until the roadway was reopened.
Nutley Det. Anthony Montanari said it all started when an auto lost a front wheel and axle after reportedly hitting a pothole and the driver stopped her damaged car in the fast lane.
Police were alerted, but before they could get there, they received a second call that there had been a three-car accident at the scene.
A southbound van had apparently slowed to avoid ramming the disabled auto and was hit from behind by another vehicle, which was hit by another. The disabled car was not struck, though.