Two women were killed and three others were seriously injured in a double-decker bus crash in New Jersey on Tuesday night, and police are still looking into the cause of the accident.
According to a statement released by the New Jersey State Police, the accident occurred at around 6:53 p.m. local time when a Van Hool double-decker coach bus carrying 22 passengers collided with a Ford F-150 truck traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The bus driver “lost directional control of the bus in the area of milepost 93.2 and struck the Ford,” according to the preliminary investigation, as stated by authorities in the news release.
It went off the road to the right, hit the guardrail, and flipped over onto the entrance ramp to the Thomas Edison Service Area, police said.
According to NBC New York, passengers had to escape the bus by climbing out windows or using the roof hatch after it had flipped onto its side. To rescue additional people trapped inside, firefighters used “jaws of life” equipment.
According to the police report, 59-year-old Cheryl Johnson from the Bronx, New York, was found severely injured and later declared dead at the scene. The 66-year-old Woodbury, New Jersey resident Cecilia Kiyanitza was airlifted to a local hospital, where she tragically passed away.
Two of the bus’s passengers and the 56-year-old male driver from Westville, New Jersey, were seriously hurt in the accident. According to the announcement, fourteen additional passengers were taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
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There is no further information available, according to the New Jersey State Police, and the crash is still being looked into.
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