A commuter bus accident has caused the death of two people and injured 17 others last week in Newark, New Jersey. According to authorities, a bus was t-boned by another bus around six a.m. near Military Park. NJ Transit officials and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office say bus No. 13 was headed North on Broad Street when it was t-boned by the westbound bus No 59.
Emergency responders say bus No. 13 was rolled over and nearly split in two when they arrived at the scene. The first responders worked to rescue passengers from the wreckage. Nearly two dozen people were transported to local hospitals. A CNN affiliate said a local Starbucks’ employees rushed out to help the wounded with water, ice, and first aid kits. The bus driver and a female passenger on No. 59 were killed in the accident. Seven people are in critical condition according to a NJ Transit spokeswoman.
It is believed that one of the buses ran a red light however nothing has been determined officially. The Newark Police Department and the Essex County prosecutor’s office will conduct a thorough investigation into the crash. The deceased bus driver of No. 59 has been a veteran employee of the NJ Transit and will be greatly missed. However, his full identity has yet to be released.
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