A New Jersey man desperately trying to free his SUV from a snowbank by repeatedly revving its engine died when it became “fully engulfed” in flames, police said.
The 62-year-old victim from Little Ferry was gunning his engine after getting stuck on a small embankment near Losen Slote Creek Park at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The man’s Mazda SUV had mounted a parking divider, prompting a Little Ferry Department of Public Works employee to call cops, Little Ferry police Capt. Ronald Klein said.
Responding officers found the man relentlessly revving his engine, but an officer told him to stop because a tow truck was en route and his SUV appeared to be helplessly stuck, Klein said.
“He was rocking his car back and forth when [the officers] heard a loud noise and then a popping sound,” Klein told The Post. “The car was then fully engulfed in flames. They tried to break the windows and were able to break the back passenger window, but by that time the whole car was engulfed.”
Officers were unable to free the man from the burning SUV in time, Klein said.
“The flames were way too big,” he said.
An investigation into the incident by Little Ferry police and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is ongoing, Klein said.
The victim’s identity had not been released as of early Thursday, pending notification of his family, police said.