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17 hurt when commuter, empty school bus collide in New Jersey

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By The Associated Press
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, 9:20 p.m.
 

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — A New York City-bound commuter bus slammed into a mini-school bus Thursday, flipping the school bus on its side and injuring more than a dozen people inside the larger vehicle.

The school bus, which wasn't carrying children, toppled onto a power-supply station in front of an apartment complex. The commuter bus went off the road and traveled another 60 yards before hitting a telephone pole and smashing into a tree.

At least 17 people on the commuter bus were injured, including the driver. The driver of the 24-seat school bus and a school aide incurred minor injuries. Police said the two climbed out of a roof hatch.

When the accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m., the school bus was on its way to pick up children at the apartment complex, which sits yards off Route 9, a heavily traveled highway that serves New Jersey's northern shore region. The road was closed for most of the morning, creating a massive traffic backup.

The 55-seat commuter bus was carrying 30 to 35 people, said Old Bridge Township Police Capt. Robert Weiss. The bus was driving on the right shoulder in a lane reserved for commuter buses.

Police were reviewing a video captured by a camera aboard the commuter bus to determine what happened.

 

 
 


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