At least 19 people were injured, two of them critically, on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning when a commuter bus collided with a school bus and then crashed into a tree, authorities said.
The New York City-bound commuter bus operated by Academy collided with the school minibus from behind as the school bus slowed to make a right turn, police in Old Bridge, N.J., told the Associated Press. The school bus flipped onto its side, landing on a backup power supply station.
The only people aboard the school bus, the driver and an aide, climbed out of an escape hatch in the roof, Timothy C. Brennan, interim superintendent for Old Bridge Township Public Schools, told the Los Angeles Times. He said the bus was on its way to pick up its first child.
Brennan said that when he arrived on the scene shortly after the accident, he didn't know whether any children were on the school bus. He saw the bus on its side and sparks flying near the fuel tank.