This Day In History: 1957-03-22
An accident at the corner of Franklin Turnpike and Ramapo Avenue involved a familiar scenario. Tw cars ran the red light at Miller Road and when the first halted at the second light a few feet later to turn into Ramapo Avenue the second car hit him. The driver of the first car, Carl Thitehener, of Hasbrouck Heights claimed that the Miller Road light was yellow when he went through and he stopped because the second light was red. The driver of the second car said he did not realize that there was a second light and could not stop. Patrolman Sawicki, who was on duty escorting school children across of the red witnessed the accident and issued summonses to both for running the red light. This corner, with its double set of lights had been the scene of numerous accidents, particularly before the construction of Route 17 when Franklin Turnpike was the Township’s main highway.