LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY

School bus crashes on New Jersey Turnpike

BY Joanna Gagis, Producer/Correspondent |

A school bus carrying children crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike around 11:40 a.m. Friday morning.

The bus careened off the road and onto its side on the south bound side of the highway. Eighteen of the 25 people on the bus sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Sixteen of those injured were children who were taken to Cooper Medical Center, according to state police.

The bus was traveling from the Plainfield Township Boys and Girls Club to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden.

Earlier Friday morning, Joevanny Vargas, the father of 10 year-old Miranda Vargas who was killed in the Mount Olive school bus crash on Route 80, announced Miranda’s Law, aimed at stopping dangerous drivers from operating school buses.

No cause of the Turnpike crash was available, and an investigation is underway.