Teaneck, NJ – Saturday’s vicious Nor’easter created nightmarish conditions across North Jersey, and led to the deaths of two people in Teaneck after winds knocked a tree down on them, authorities said.
The victims were believed to be walking on the sidewalk along Jefferson Avenue early Saturday evening when wind gusts toppled a large tree, which struck and killed them, Teaneck Police Chief Robert Wilson said.
The tree also knocked down power lines, and police were unable to get close to the scene until crews from Public Service Electric & Gas arrived to shut off electricity.
At the scene Saturday night, police cordoned off portions of Jefferson with yellow caution tape.
The street is located in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, residents said they believed the victims could have been walking home from the Shaarei Orah Shul.
VIN News has confirmed that Chesed Shel Emes and Abe Freidman Teaneck Police dep. Chaplain have been dispatched to the scene. The two individuals who were struck have been identified As Mr. Ovadi Musafi age 52, and Mr. Lawrence Krause age 50.