West Milford man dies in Macopin Road car accident


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— A 43-year-old West Milford man died Wednesday afternoon as a result of a head-on collision on Macopin Road.

Robert J. Hughes was driving a 2001 Mercury Mountaineer on Macopin Road, just south of Echo Lake Road, when he collided with a 1980 International Harvester, driven by Daniel D. Durant, 62, of West Milford. Durant and his passenger, Justino Munoz-Gonzalez, 26, of Butler, were both transported to Chilton Hospital by West Milford First Aid Squad and released with no substantial injuries, according to police. Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a release by West Milford Police Lt. Robert Congleton, several 911 calls came in to police at 1:10 p.m. on Sept. 18 reporting the accident. Fire Companies 1,2,3,4 and 6 were dispatched to the scene.

West Milford Fatal Accident Team and the Passaic County Prosecutors Office were dispatched to the scene. The accident is still under investigation at press time. West Milford Police were informed during the investigation that two vehicles were in the area during the time of the accident.

"We are hoping that the possible witnesses come forward and help out the department and the families involved with any information that might assist with this investigation, said Congleton in the release. "Please contact Sgt. Joe Nevin or Det/Sgt. Stephen Singerline with any information at 973-728-2802."

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