After revving his engine over and over to get out of a snow bank, a Bergen County, N.J., man was killed when his car went up in flames Wednesday morning, authorities said.
At 9:07 a.m. a worker with the Little Ferry Department of Public works called police to report a car that was disabled and stuck in snow near Mehrof Road, said Chief James Walters. The car was stuck on a parking divider, with part of the car on the grass adjoining a soccer field, he said.
When the officer arrived, he found a man inside the car repeatedly revving his engine to try to get out of the snow bank, said Walters. The officer yelled to the man to let him know he wouldn’t be able to get out and that a tow truck was on the way, he said.
Shortly after, the officer could see flames coming from underneath the car and called for another officer to bring a fire extinguisher, said Walters. The fire extinguisher did not come in time, he said.
“Next thing you know the officer sees the car underneath in flames,” Walters said. “It was too late. The car was fully engulfed.”
The officer broke through a back passenger window but he wasn’t able to reach the man, police said.
The victim was identified as a 62-year-old Little Ferry resident. His name was not released pending the notification of his next of kin.
Little Ferry police continue to investigate.
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