As firefighters were still working on Manhattan Street at this morning’s fire first responders were summoned to Lancaster Way and Hampshire Blvd for a motor vehicle accident with a car into a swimming pool. Jackson Police, Quality EMS and Jackson Mills firefighters responded to the accident scene.
The according to a Jackson Police Department release, the car ended up in the swimming pool after clipping an oncoming vehicle on Lancaster Way and swerving off the road and across a lawn into the back yard swimming pool after crashing through the fence.
The driver of the second vehicle in the crash was off-duty Jackson #1 career Firefighter Vincent Schwartz. The police stated that Schwartz dove into the pool and broke the window out to rescue the driver of the partially submerged vehicle. Firefighter Schwartz is also a NJ licensed Paramedic.
Firefighter Schwartz was able to pull the 64 year-old female driver from the car and out of the swimming pool before police and fire were on scene with the assistance of the driver’s son-in-law Mark and other bystanders. The driver was treated on scene by Jackson Mills’ career Firefighter/EMTs, Quality EMS and MONOC Paramedics and transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center for treatment. In breaking out the window Firefighter Schwartz suffered a laceration to his hand. He was treated and released.
According to Deputy Chief Mike Lubertazzi of Jackson Mills, Firefighters from Jackson Mills assisted the Police Department and the Towing company in removing the vehicle from the pool after the scene had been secured and the police had completed their investigation. Jackson Mills firefighters rigged the vehicle for the towing company so that it could be removed without causing any further damage to the pool.