CLIFTON — Two separate incidents nearly 50 miles apart on the Garden State Parkway made for a tough northbound ride on Sunday afternoon.

Three people had to be rescued from a Volvo that rolled down an embankment and landed upside down on the roof of an building in a Parkway maintenance yard after a two-car crash near exit 155 for Route 46 in Clifton around 12:10 p.m, according to State Police Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn.

In one picture of the scene an officer is carrying the front of the Volvo off the embankment.

"Multiple" occupants were taken to hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, according to Flynn, who did not disclose the identities of any people involved.

The initial response to the crash created a multi-mile delay.

Around the same time, Flynn said a crash in Middletown on Newman Springs Road pulled wires and a utility pole onto the northbound lanes of the Parkway in Monmouth County at exit 109.

All northbound lanes were temporarily closed but reopened around 12:30 p.m. except for the right lane in the outer lanes. Delays continued as crews removed wires from the roadway.

The closure led to another delay several miles long, which started near Route 18 along with a rubbernecking delay on the southbound side.

Middletown Police did not immediately return a message seeking information on that crash.

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