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Woman Injured After Route 4 Fall in Teaneck

Woman fell about 20 feet from the highway, officials say.

Teaneck emergency responders rescued a 42-year-old woman who tumbled down an embankment while she walked along Route 4 early Saturday, officials said. 

The woman reportedly ran out of gas and called a friend for help, police said. The two walked to get gas at a station nearby in Hackensack, but when the friend got back he noticed the woman was no longer with him. 

He found her yelling for help near the Fairleigh Dickinson University baseball field, according to police. The friend tried helping her up, but ultimately called authorities around 7 a.m. 

An emergency medical technician from the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps went down the 30 foot embankment to care for the woman and township firefighters cut away fencing around the bottom of the hill, said TVAC spokesman Larry Robertson. She had fallen about 20 feet down. 

The woman was conscious, complaining of being very cold and of having knee pains, Robertson said. TVAC members and township firefighters carefully brought her down on a long spineboard and wheeled her several hundred feet to a waiting ambulance for treatment at Hackensack University Medical Center. She told authorities she was stuck for several hours. 

Police could not immediately provide additional details on the incident and her condition was not available Sunday night. 

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John January 21, 2013 at 06:25 AM
Those volunteers are amazing! Repelling down an embankment... WOW!!!
Who Is John Galt January 21, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I appreciate the dedication of our volunteers too, but to call this repelling? Bit dramatic for climbing down a 10 yard embankment, no?
JamesTS January 21, 2013 at 08:07 PM
i read this article twice and i dont see any mention of repelling... the commenter is the ony person to use that term.
Who Is John Galt January 21, 2013 at 08:09 PM
I know James, that's who I was responding to.
Rick January 22, 2013 at 04:41 AM
You're right, it's not The Palisades in Alpine, and who doesn't have a cellphone on them to call AAA for gas or at least the Bergen County Police to respond from Mahwah or North Arlington....??????
Jay January 22, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Hey, I saw the volunteer repelling right before the fire department prepped him. Guess they neglected to mention it.
Tee Smyth January 22, 2013 at 07:44 PM
"The woman reportedly ran out of gas and called a friend for help, police said. The two walked to get gas at a station nearby in Hackensack, but when the friend got back he noticed the woman was no longer with him. " ______________ Whaaaaat? With friends like these...........
John Santaella January 27, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Tee, you forgot to mention that when they got back the friend noticed she was no longer with him. HUH!?!?!? There is something missing here besides the 'repelling'

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