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Troopers Rescue Severely Burned Truck Driver from Turnpike Accident in Ridgefield

By kcora on

The quick and decisive actions of three troopers may be to thank after they rescued a severely injured 66-year-old truck driver after this morning's crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in Ridgefield Borough, according to State Police.

Authorities responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to the New Jersey Turnpike near mile marker 117 northbound for a tractor trailer crash in Ridgefield Borough. 

Upon arrival, troopers found the tractor trailer dangling over the waters of  Overpeck Creek after the cab had ignited. The driver, Lawrence Scherf of Vails Gate, N.Y., was observed in the water by the responding troopers. 

Shortly after, three state troopers rescued Scherf from the water who was severely injured and burned as a result if the crash.

Scherf's lacerations injuries were treated at Hackensack University Medical Center but was later transported to the burn center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in West Orange were he remains in critical condition, according the police. 

The troopers as a precaution were treated at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. 

"We are glad and proud to recognize the outstanding efforts of these troopers." These troopers quick and decisive actions have given doctors the opportunity to treat Scherf.