Glenn Schuck

Rough Day For 2 1010 WINS' Reporters

March 08, 2018 - 2:20 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mama said there'd be days like this and she was right.

The day after another nor'easter slammed our area, two members of the 1010 WINS family found themselves making the news they normally report on.

It all started around 5:30 a.m. Thursday when John Montone drove onto I-287 in Wanaque, N.J. Little did he know he'd be stuck behind stranded cars and several tractor-trailers for nearly three hours!

The roadway was impassible because plows never made it there, Montone reported. Some people were stuck in their cars for up to 10 hours.

NJ State Police told Montone this is the worst traffic mess they have ever seen on I-287. 

At around 8:15, Montone was finally moving and reported that I-287 had been reopened -- only for northbound lanes to close at exit 52 in Pompton Plains because of an overturned tractor-trailer.

NJ State Police told John 500 crashes were reported across the state this morning.

Meanwhile, over in Ho-Ho-Kus...

Glenn Schuck was evacuated from his home at around 1 p.m. when a loud explosion rocked the street near his house.

At around 11 a.m., a transformer started to burn into a tree at the corner of Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan Avenue off of Route 17 - only a couple of blocks away from Schuck's home. PSE&G told the fire department to let it burn out. 

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, burn out it did. The flames picked up and fell into the street. Gas had built up under the street and made contact with that fire and blew very heavy manholes into the air, smashing windows on several homes including Glenn's.

The force of the explosion was so strong that water flew from Glenn's toilet up to the ceiling. Same thing happened at his neighbor's home. There were gas leak concerns from the rattling of the explosion.

Luckily no firefighters or residents were hurt.

We can't wait to see what Friday will bring!