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Small Helicopter Crashes in West Windsor (PHOTOS)

A helicopter crashed at the intersection of Quaker Bridge Road and Route 1 a little after noon on Saturday.

A helicopter crashed at on Quaker Bridge Road near Clarksville Road at a little after 12 p.m. today.

Police are advising people to stay away from the area.

According to the West Windsor Police Department, the crash was in the Clarksville area of Quakerbridge, near the Pig Farm. 

According to a report on nj.com, one person was killed in the crash.

B.Bennett September 15, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Were there any vehicles or people on the ground?
Jenna Kardasz September 15, 2012 at 07:30 PM
I sa this exactly happen!
Clarence Oveur September 15, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Helicopters don't have rudders.
John Rayburn September 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM
and your condolences for the lives lost were also appreciated.
Judy Tipton September 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Please thank your awesome son for doing what he did. If only there were more people in this world like him it would be such a better place!! Your son is very special!!
Ralph Wiggums September 15, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I'm glad your son is brave enough to risk his life trying to save other people. We need people like that in the world and you should be proud of him. However, ripping on other people for just gawking is pretty tacky. How often do people watch a helicopter crash? And why would you expect most people to run across both sides of a highway, hop a fence with barbed wire on it, and through a farm to get to the scene...especially when it's a typical citizen who would not have the trained skills to assist in something so horrific? Your son went above and beyond and if I'm in a bad predicament, I hope somebody like him is around....but, lets not be condescending towards the other witnesses who would have no business running around everywhere like they were a part of the Hunger Games.
Ralph Wiggums September 15, 2012 at 08:24 PM
R.I.P. to the person who's not coming home for dinner tonight. Condolences to the family for having to deal with such a tragedy.
Tony Richardson September 15, 2012 at 08:50 PM
One witness said it was white with blue on the bottom, can anyone confirm?? I may know whose Eurocopter this was..
Margaret September 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Kudos to your son for helping. Please ignore the ignorant people commenting on your post and critiquing your comments. Rudder, Rotor. who cares if she got the word correct...we knew what she meant. and I'm sure there were no expectations of hopping barbed wire fences but as humans we should help. As a first responder he did what he is trained to do and did it well. RIP to the pilot who may have died because birds got into his rotors. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Authorities-pilot-dies-in-NJ-helicopter-crash-3868285.php
Clarence Oveur September 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Margaret - I'm going to disagree with you here. As a trained EMT (Monmouth County) with over 10 years experience I can say for certain that crossing (running across, even) multiple lanes of traffic on a busy highway to get to a scene violates a number of very specific codes of conduct with regard to crew safety (in this case, a crew of one). You might say that the situation required it however I can tell you, based on my military experience as a USAF pararescue troop with exposure to a number of plane crashes, that the chances of finding a surviving patient in an incident like this are zero. To risk ones life to get to the scene - and potentially the lives of motorists on Rt 1 as well - is worthy of some level of rebuke.
Jim September 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Clarence - I witnessed the helicopter falling from the sky from about a mile North East of it. I was clearly too far to consider assisting, and would have only been in the way of first responders. It was NOT obvious (due to trees obscuring the horizon) that the helicopter had crashed into a field. It crashed fairly near to a large mall and its parking lot, so it COULD have been the case that there would be injured (and worse) people on the ground. I applaud the station 23 individual making the split-second decision to get to the scene prepared to render aid if needed.
Jamie September 16, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Good Lord. Thank you first responder and Gods speed to the pilots loved ones. Now go help someone!
Josh September 16, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Rest in peace, Michael Scarfia.
Ford Prefect September 16, 2012 at 03:48 AM
We calculate our risks, mitigate the ones we can, and accept the rest, in trade for the joy, and freedom of flight. It's a good trade. -FP
whatever41 September 16, 2012 at 01:01 PM
There was a scarecrow in the cornfield,,,, he didn't make it either. RIP Michael, you averted a disaster.
Nicole September 16, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I watched, along with my husband and five year old daughter, in horror as the helicopter drove from the sky nose first. I am completely grateful to the pilot who didn't survive, he lead himself to a field. He avoided crashing on crowded malls below where my family was going about our Saturday. May he rest in peace...I didn't even know him but his death I will never forget.
Mikka H September 16, 2012 at 06:06 PM
who owned the helo? why was a retired nyc police officer flying around in a $2.9 million dollar helo?
Rick September 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
He bought it used ,he only paid 1 million for it.
Rick September 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
This "pending approval" stuff. Is this from the whitehouse about censuring our words and Obama against free speech.
Rick September 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
What ever happened to I disagree with what your saying , but I will die fighting to protect your right to say it .
Dominick September 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I am so tired of hearing about these "first responders" wtf - these volunteer ambulance jerks are such wannabees. They have all been rejected from being real po po or kicked out for being incompetent. They drive around with their little blue lights on their cars. And before one of you losers responds with the blah blah blah they are great they have training you will want them when you need them - let me stop you now - no I dont need them - no one does. 99% of the time they are just a mop up crew anyway. I love when I get the chance to get in front of them and jam on my breaks so they have to stop with their goofy little lights blinking like a 2 year old with a tonka truck.
s wayne September 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
No disrespect intended, but most reports said the main rotor separated from the vehicle after bird impact which means he had absolutely no control over the vehicle and would therefor be unable to steer it away from anything.
Longtimeresident September 16, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Dominick, you are a grossly immature child. RIP.
Scott Wilson September 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Terrible tragic accident. Dominick I hate to say it but the ambulance and fire people with the blue lights are ridiculous. If you are ever on 206 when the fire and ambulance people come with their blue lights take cover. They are out of control.
Joe R September 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Did it ever occur to you that he might have had a few seconds before separation of the rotor to make some course corrections? I'm just speculating but so are you. Can't we wait for the results of the investigation before jumping to conclusions? I cannot believe some of the heartless vicious comments. I hope Patch deletes the comments of the ignorant attention troll whose name I won't mention. My condolences to the family of Michael Scarfia.
Mark B&M September 17, 2012 at 12:25 AM
The reason a retired nypd officer was flying a helo is that it was his job. He flew in the military and also for the nypd. Mike was a great guy and even better pilot . Shame on anyone for speculating without any knowledge. RIP mike scarfia it was a pleasure knowing you.
smb September 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I cant stand to read any more rude, obnoxious and disgusting comments! This pilot was my family, MY GODFATHER. As I sit here crying, unable to fully comprehend the horrific loss my family has been forced to accept, I come across this B.S....you people are vile and just evil! I want to thank everyone who offered assistance or left kind words. If you were a witness, I'm so sorry you or your children saw this. As I pray for strength for my family and all of the people who knew and loved my uncle Mike, I will pray for the people who witnessed it and all who tried to help, I'll also pray for the "rude commentors"...godforbid nothing like this ever happens to someone you know. Stacy
smb September 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Thank you for coming to my Uncles defense. Anyone who knows him knows how great of a pilot he was and it breaks my heart to read all of this garbage. I know in my heart he diverted the heli away from the crowded mall...regardless of what some of these fools are saying.
Michael O'Kane September 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
My condolences, Stacy.
Micheal Kelly September 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Oh Yea, you are right on the money Dom. The certificates we earn and continuing education we go thru every year . The time away from our families and loved ones. You know what it's guys like urself that are always screaming about us. And the first to scream for us when thing go bad !!! Lucky for u we still come and we treat everyone the same. Even the pathetic !!!! By the way ur welcome in advance !!!!

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