Seven People Injured in New Jersey Transit Bus Accident in Mannington
Posted on Sep 12, 2012
Shortly after 10:00 a.m. on August 14, the No. 401 bus collided with a car on Route 45, also known as the Salem-Woodstown Road, between Compromise Road and the Mannington Meadows bridge. The bus was traveling its usual route between Salem City and Philadelphia.
According to New Jersey State Police, there was one person in the car and approximately 10 people on the bus, including the driver.Witnesses have said that the both the bus and the smaller silver car sustained serious damage to their front ends, and that the windshield of the bus was shattered.
Rescue personnel were able to get the passengers off of the bus through a side door that has a lift to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs. Damage from the crash may have prevented the passengers from exiting the bus via the front entrance.
Ambulance crews transported several of the bus’s passengers to the hospital. At least three people were loaded onto stretchers before being taken off the bus; several others were able to walk but were placed on stretchers by emergency medical personnel.
The car’s driver was also taken to the hospital via ambulance. All of the patients are being treated at The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, where a spokesman has said that all of the victims are in stable condition.
It is unclear whether the morning’s heavy rainfall played a part in the accident.
State police are still investigating the cause of the crash. No charges against either driver have been filed.