NYC-bound commuter bus, school bus, crash in NJ

NYC-bound commuter bus, school bus, crash in NJ

CREATED Jan. 10, 2013

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- Two of at least 17 people injured in a crash involving a commuter bus and a mini school bus in New Jersey are in critical condition.

A 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman are being treated in the trauma unit at Robert Wood Johnson hospital. The others are in stable condition at Raritan Bay Medical Center.

An Old Bridge school official says no students were on the smaller school bus, which landed on its side.

Academy Bus spokesman Joe Orlando says its bus was headed to Wall Street in New York from Toms River. It had four more stops.

Orlando says the bus can carry as many as 55 passengers.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A New York City-bound commuter bus and a mini school bus crashed Thursday on a state highway in New Jersey, injuring at least 17 people, two critically.

School officials said no students were on the Old Bridge school bus, which landed on its side along Route 9.

The accident occurred one day after a high-speed commuter ferry from New Jersey crashed into a dock in Manhattan, injuring dozens.

Television footage showed the commuter bus slammed into a tree, with a large branch protruding from the roof on the passenger side of the front end. The rear of the bus was pinned against a utility pole.

Orlando said he didn't immediately know how many passengers were aboard.

Fifteen victims from the crash were reported in stable condition at branches of Raritan Bay Medical Center, and two patients, a woman and man, were listed in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.

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