A 17-year-old female was injured and had to be cut out of her car after a crash on Kinnelon Road Thursday morning, according to police.
The Kinnelon teenager, whose name was not released, was transported to Morristown Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. John Schwartz.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene of the accident, near 214 Kinnelon Road, around 7:30 a.m. and found the car, a 1996 Toyota Camry, crashed into a large tree. Police said there was extensive damage to the driver's side of the car and the female was the only person inside.
Police said the teen was moaning and unable to move and the Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Co. needed to use the Jaws of Life to cut the roof and door off the car so that she could be removed from the vehicle. Prior to that, an off-duty Fairfield police officer attempted to administer CPR to the teenager.
A preliminary investigation revealed the driver was driving East on Kinnelon Road when she lost control due to wet road conditions and slid off the roadway. At that point, police said, the car hit a mailbox and made impact with the tree.
Police also said speed and poor tire conditions appear to have been contributing factors in the crash.
Kinnelon Road, between Fayson Lakes Road and Pheasant Run, was closed for more than two hours Thursday morning while the Kinnelon Police Department and Morris County Sheriff's Office conducted an investigation. The road was reopened around 10:30 a.m.
The Kinnelon school district sent a Nixle alert to parents advising that the road was closed and that buses would not be servicing the area. A later Nixle sent at 8:34 a.m. said buses would be detouring to Strong Drive to pick up children from the South Glen Road and Pheasant Run neighborhoods.
Kinnelon Department of Public Works employees, Butler police officers and paramedics from Chilton Hospital also assisted at the scene.