[POST UPDATED, 4 p.m.] A Ford Expedition SUV wound up in the Navesink River at the Rumson municipal boat ramp and sank shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, police said.
Lieutenant Christopher York tellsredbankgreen that the idling vehicle “somehow got into gear” and backed into the river with a trailer and inflatable vessel attached. No one was in either the boat or the SUV, he said, and no rescue was required. Borough police are investigating the cause of the accident, York said. State Police Marine Patrol responded, and the Department of Environmental Protection was notified.
Police are not identifying the owner of the vehicle, which was towed out of the river, York said. (Rumson PD photo above, reader photo at right. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank regulars may have noticed a vaguely menacing addition to the police fleet – or not noticed, which is actually the point. Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that a black Ford SUV with barely perceptible grey door markings is being used for traffic enforcement because it doesn’t stand out as much as the squad’s white sedans with bold blue lettering. “It’s a little less obvious, but we still wanted it to be identifiable,” he said, adding that there are no plans to replace the fleet with black vehicles. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Strange physics appear to have been at work as an SUV smacked a utility pole in Little Silver and ended up wedged between the pole and a street sign at around 3:40 p.m. Friday. There were no injuries in the one-vehicle crash, which occurred on Branch Avenue at Bennett Lane. (Click to enlarge)