By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
More than a dozen people were injured during an accident involving an Old Bridge Township school bus and an Academy commuter bus. It happened on Route 9 in Old Bridge Township just after 8 a.m. before the bus picked up students, so no children were on board, just the driver and an aide who were not seriously injured. Authorities believe the commuter bus may have rear ended the school bus which caused it to flip on to its side and crash into a generator. “The system was live .. and the bus driver was struggling to get out of that bus safely,” said Old Bridge Township Police Captain Robert Weiss. “We were fortunate our police officers here did get them out.”
After the collision, the Manhattan-bound Academy Bus, which was carrying more than 30 passengers, continued another 50 yards and hit a tree in front of the Stratford Apartment complex. The driver and a passenger sustained serious injuries and were taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for treatment. Other passengers suffered mostly minor injuries.
An investigation is underway to determine who was at fault. An Academy spokesperson says the driver involved in the crash had a clean record. Owen Henry, the Mayor of Old Bridge Township said he doesn’t know the school bus driver but added “I personally have no concerns about our Board of Education fleet. Our buses our in excellent condition. I have complete faith in all of their drivers.”