Man survives 50-ft fall into Passaic River

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Police say a Bergen County man was hospitalized after he was thrown from his motorcycle and fell 50 feet into the Passaic River.

Sgt. Craig Capoano tells Jason Montoni, 29, was traveling westbound on state Route 3 around 6:50 p.m. Thursday when he was "involved in a motor vehicle crash with a sedan."

The Lodi resident was thrown from his bike and over the guardrail. He landed in a stretch of the river that's about 27 feet deep.

Capoano says Montoni held onto a pillar and was thrown a flotation device by emergency responders but was unable to secure himself due to his injuries.

A Rutherford Fire Department boat was dispatched to rescue Montoni, who was later transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with leg and shoulder injuries.

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