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Pick Up Truck Hits Two Pedestrians at Second and Willow [UPDATED]

The two were hit by a pick up truck around 1:45 p.m.

Two pedestrians were struck by a pick up truck on the corner of Second Street and Willow Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident, which was confirmed by Sgt. Anthony Falco, occured around 1:45 p.m. The two were taken to the Hoboken University Medical Center, Falco said.

According to Tommy Molta, the president of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the victims — one male, one female — were both in their sixties.

While Molta couldn't give specifics about the injuries, he called them "critical." Both patients were taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, because they needed to be taken to a trauma center.

"They were seriously injured, both of them," Molta said.

A bloodied hat was left at the scene, which was cordoned off.

"A truck hit two people," said Anton El-Maraghy, who works at St. Mary's Grocery and Deli on the corner of Second and Willow. He said a woman sitting in his store saw the incident and started screaming "oh my god."

El-Maraghy said he didn't see the incident himself because he was in the back of his store.

A contracter working a few doors down, said he heard "a little yelling" and saw that the people were behind the truck. He said he didn't know if the people were male or female.

The Hudson County Sheriff's department was also present on Tuesday afternoon, taking pictures and questioning the truck's driver, who declined to comment.

Lance November 20, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I really hope they come out of this ok. I am surprised this doesn't happen more often in our town. I have had people race around my family just to get to the next stop sign. We need more stop signs around the parks as well before a kid gets run over.
D November 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I hope that these poor people are doing ok and will recover in time to enjoy Thanksgiving with their loved ones. This is unacceptable. I cross that intersection almost every evening and have almost been run over countless times. I am surprised this hasn't happened sooner or more often. Drivers never stop at the sign and do not look both ways before crossing the intersection. If they do slow down, they only look to the right to see if there is any oncoming traffic since Willow is a one-way street. Too bad for the pedestrians walking against traffic! And a blinking red light won't do anything. We have the same problem at 4th street and Willow. What does it take to control the traffic in Hoboken, more people getting hurt?
hobojoe November 21, 2012 at 12:59 AM
We don't need more stop signs so much as ANY enforcement whatsoever of the ones we already have.
Furey November 21, 2012 at 01:30 AM
It was only a matter of time. I have been complaining to anyone who would listen that we need better enforcement of stop signs and crosswalks. Hire 10 Class 2 cops who have one job - traffic patrol. The money would roll in from tickets from bad drivers.
recallbethmason November 21, 2012 at 02:59 AM
When was the last time any of the minority city council members ever did antyhing about increasing street safety? All they did was harrass Ian sacs into getting him to quit his job while he tried to make things better with little or no funding. Shame on you Beth mason...instead of suing the city you should be trying to make things better so people can raise a family in Hoboken. Time for you to resign and let someone else help move Hoboken forward (that pun is for you).
Magaly Isabel November 21, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I ive on Willow Ave. and happen to be driving down 2nd St. when I saw them lying on the ground. Still no cops or ambulance were in site. I even honked my horn to let them know I was trying to make my way through. I thought it was some kind of drill. I even asked a young man on a bike whether was this for real or a drill? The young man responded, "Ma'am they've been hit by that truck over there" and pointed to it. I began to cry. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They looked completely lifeless. I am praying for them and will continue to do so. God bless them.
Nathan Tableman November 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM
This is why cars should be banned in Hoboken.
XJS November 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
You should not have a driver's license.
Sally Cannon November 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
While the traffic light was out on Wash. and 7th St. there were two illegally parked cars each on the north west corner and the south west corner of Washington St. making it IMPOSSIBLE to see one day during school pick up hours. Trying to cross there in a car to go east in a car was near impossible. Why are these cars/trucks allowed to park illegally in the red/on the corners consistently but my meter runs out by one minute and I am ticketed? On Willow and 6th last night there was a work truck parked and they closed the road thankfully -- during rush hour and it made that block or two a mess but at least steps were taken. Yesterday around 3 :15-3:30 p.m. on 2nd and Hudson near the bank and up from the police dept. I was trying to cross Hudson St. with my child and dog and a car just missed us (they did not have the stop sign but we were in the middle of the street already) while the police officer assigned to the sidewalk construction threw his hands up at me and exclaimed " why do you keep looking back at me?" -- (I hope he sees and reads this, it was despicable.) His job during those hours of supervision is to help the citizens (both pedestrians and cars pass safely)...useless!!! Every corner nowadays is filled with contractor vehicles, work trucks or PSE&G. This town better hope it's not a child next time.
XJS November 21, 2012 at 07:52 PM
You had me until the last sentence. What, are children's lives worth more than adults?
Sally Cannon November 21, 2012 at 09:28 PM
No XJS but that's when something will be done...and I hesitated writing that, fyi.
XJS November 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM
understood.
cassandra November 21, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Good idea! The ban should include all trucks- after all it was a truck that caused the accident. Maybe fire engines can be exempted but certainly not taxis , police cars, UPS, FEDEX and the sweet sweepers. Horse drawn wagons stabled at the periphery can be used to carry in supplies . Everybody will have to walk except those who can afford horse drawn carriages.. Think how healthy we will be. Cleaning up behind the horses will alleviate the unemployment problem as well.

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