April 29, 2013
A car with two women inside flipped after a crash with a New Jersey State Patrol vehicle according to Sgt. Adam Grossman.
The women suffered minor injuries and were taken to Morristown Medical center. The trooper also sustained injuries and was also hospitalized. The Honda that crashed was driven by Norvinda Dasilva, 58, of Bushkill, Pa., her passenger was Michelle Thompson, also of Bushkill.
According to reports Trooper Wojciech Konopka of the Netcong barracks was observing traffic while driving west on Route 80 in Parsippany when he saw a Honda Civic coming towards him on the same side of the highway. Konopka then put on his emergency lights and crossed to the eastbound lane to get the attention of the driver going in the wrong direction.
At around mile marker 42.6 the Honda stopped, turned and righted its direction, driving west in the westbound lane.
With his lights still on, Konopka began to pull into the left shoulder to tell dispatch about the wrong way driver. However as he entered the lane, his patrol car was struck with a different Honda causing it to overturn to its roof and slide on the left shoulder. The car came to rest on the passenger side facing south. Konopka’s patrol car ended up in the left center lane facing southeast.
While troopers are yet to identify the wrong-way Honda, Konopka’s actions did help alert the wrong-way driver to turn around. Investigations are still in its primary stages.
The crash closed three lanes of traffic on Route 8- east according to the DOT.
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